Monday, 26 March 2012

Event - Digging deep into history of Kirkby Hardwick Manor House

People interested in the history of Kirkby Hardwick Manor House can join the county’s archaeologists at an Open Day on Sunday, 1st April from 10am–4pm.

A number of archaeological digs have taken place at the Manor House in recent months to try and piece together the history of the site.

The history of the Manor House dates back to the 13th Century and has played host to some famous historical figures.

Cardinal Wolsley stayed there for a night in 1530 shortly before his death at Leicester Abbey and it was garrisoned for Charles I by the Duke of Newcastle soon after the attack on Newark Castle.

The Manor House was demolished in 1966 and much of its footprint was lost under waste from Summit Colliery.

Last October, a dig uncovered the footprint of the Manor House and explored the different phases of building on the site.

The Open Day will have experts on hand discussing the history of the area and looking at the suggested connections with Newstead Abbey and Felley Priory.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme has funded the digs, video making and data collection.

The council’s community archaeologist Emily Gillott said the digs had unearthed a number of interesting artefacts and many local residents had come forward with their memories of those who had lived in the House from the 1930s - 1966.


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