The week long, Medieval Festival, jointly organised by St Wilfrid’s and the Time Team, proved to be a great success. Over 600 people visiting the church and almost 100, who split into 4 groups and guided by Time Team members, visited the Dig site as part of the medieval walk for a 15 minute medieval bits only whirlwind tour.
Later in the week, we again hosted over 100 people on the last open day which meant that 4 volunteer guides were fully engaged all day explaining the site history and archaeology and by this time included our last surprising discovery – a monastic wall which had been incorporated into the structure of the newest medieval road surface in Trench 2.
As the Trench 2 road excavation team started to remove the surface of the medieval road by removing ‘looser’ stones first they soon came across some stones which offered considerable resistance and moved on.
Bingo! On this very productive excavation we had discovered a bit more of our village heritage being an unrecorded structure from the Monastic period.