During the 17th century, Oxfordshire was the site of two of England’s most remarkable gardens: Thomas Bushell’s Enstone Marvels and Sir Anthony Cope’s park at Hanwell Castle. Thanks to the writings of Robert Plot we have a detailed account of these attractions before they were destroyed.
As part of a programme of archaeological and historical research in association with Kellogg College and the University of Oxford we will be undertaking our third season of excavation in the important seventeenth century garden at Hanwell Castle where we will be investigating a number of areas including the sunken garden as well as searching for evidence of a remarkable series of water mills and other water powered features. The work builds on the successful excavations last year on the Great East Terrace in order to extend our understanding of the garden’s layout.
Opportunities exist for volunteers to assist with excavation, recording, site planning and surveying. The gardens provide an unusually attractive environment for both camping and working. Last year we were happy to welcome a number of students who were thinking of reading archaeology at university but would also be pleased to encourage those with more experience to take on some supervisory roles.
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