Friday, 29 July 2011

Festival of British Archaeology - Throapham Archaeology Weekend

Sat 30–Sun 31 July

Guided tour of Anglo-Saxon/Norse and Medieval Church with Celtic origins and Roman evidence. Displays of local and national finds and information on the church and the area. …

Guided tour of Anglo-Saxon/Norse & Medieval Church with Celtic origins from B.C. date. Many Roman indications and evidence. Displays of local and national ‘finds’ and information on the church and the area.

The Church of St. John the Baptist dates from early Anglo-Saxon times with many medieval items and architecture. The site is an early Celtic site dating from B.C. with a well within the grounds.The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

A Midsummer Fair (actually on St. John the Baptist’s day) took place until recent times in the adjacent field with a walk from Laughton All Saints. Inside the church is the first memorial written in English from 1424 and a medieval coffin lid, also a medieval font with three heads representing the three known continents (America not having been ‘found’ then). There are many ancient tombs in the graveyard including Chest and Table tombs. Some with iron railings round to stop grave robbers. Copies of the Baptism, Marriage and Burial records exist from the 1500s and will be on view in the church. Many of the miners who died from local collieries including Dinnington and Thurcroft were buried here and people who lived in Throapham Manor House (now gone).

Guided tours are available throughout the day. Exhibits will include local ‘finds’ many of them Roman. Refreshments and toilet on site. Collectors and Antique sale table to assist in our fund raising.

Guided tours:

Saturday 11am; 2pm; 3pm

Sunday 2pm; 4pm.

Free. Donations towards the ‘Friends’ work gratefully accepted.

Location: St. John the Baptist Church, St. John’s Road, Throapham with Laughton-en-le-Morthen, Near Rotherham S25 1YL. At Throapham crossroads turn towards Laughton and the church is on the left hand side, not in the hamlet of Throapham.

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