News from Sparkford
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| Changing face
Sparkfords changing, - well a little anyway! Richard White's Garage and village shop have gone; the bulldozers and diggers moved in at the beginning of the year and now seven new houses have appeared on the corner of Church Road.
Researching Sparkford's Past
Last Autumn a detailed study of Lickhill, - the field adjacent to St Marys Church in Sparkford, was carried out by the South Cadbury Environs Project.
|The 'humps and bumps' in the 11 acre field immediately south of the
church have attracted the attention of archaeologists. Situated on a pronounced rise in
the crook of a bend in the River Cam, even its name is promising: Lick Hills, derived from
an old english phrase meaning deadman's corner.
Villager Jo Unsworth recently carried out a survey of the earthworks, and in November 2002 a team of volunteers from the South Cadbury Environs Project carried out a magnetic survey of the field and looked for finds in the topsoil. The evidence suggests that there was a carefully gridded settlement there in around the 11th and 12th centuries AD. A few sherds of Romano-British pottery hint at what might have gone before.
The project, which is run through Bristol University, has already turned up exciting Romano-British and Bronze Age finds in Weston Bampfylde, which will appear shortly on the website ( http://www.southcadbury.org.uk). Anyone interested in helping is welcome to contact Richard Tabor at RTabor8387@aol.com.
Fragment of pottery revealed
Poppy Wood operates a gradiometer to plot a grid of magnetic anomolies
Richard Tabor looks on.
And, a picture of St Marys Church in December, taken by Chris Mann, late on a beautiful afternoon, showing the full glory of winter colors!