Delve into past turns up award

PUBLISHED: 06:09 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 31 May 2010

A DEDICATED volunteer archaeologist has won a top award for her work probing the possible site of a castle. Rosemary Nash, of Wicken Bonhunt, was named the 2006 East of England Regional Heritage Star Award winner last week for carrying out topographical s

A DEDICATED volunteer archaeologist has won a top award for her work probing the possible site of a castle.

Rosemary Nash, of Wicken Bonhunt, was named the 2006 East of England Regional Heritage Star Award winner last week for carrying out topographical surveys on a site just north of the church of St Mary and St Clement, Clavering.

She said: "I am very pleased to have won the award as history and archaeology have been hobbies of mine for many years.

"I will be even happier when we find some hard evidence of a wood or stone building having ever existed on the land.

"We know that a moat existed there and that it would not have been constructed without there being something to protect, but so far we have only been able to uncover pottery which dates from the 13th century.

"It is highly likely that any building would either have been a castle or a fortified manor house, but we need to keep searching for more and more scraps of evidence."

Mrs Nash received the award at a ceremony at the Tower of London from the Local Heritage Initiative, a branch of the National Lottery which has funded the project to the tune of £24,966,

Mrs Nash arranged a medieval re-enactment camp last year and has taught local schoolchildren about medieval crafts.

She added: "I would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with the project and help us uncover the mysterious castle site."

For details call Mrs Cooper on 01799 550462 or visit www. claveringonline.org.uk

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