The Solway Wetlands LPS is a 3 year project on the Solway Plain in North Cumbria, funded predominantly by Heritage Lottery Fund and focusing on the landscape heritage surrounding the peat bogs.
Grampus is working with the LPS in carrying out the archaeological survey work programme, which was decided in the Development Phase to concentrate on the medieval period on the Solway Plain. The project builds upon previous community archaeology work carried by the West Cumbria Archaeological Society (WCAS) and Grampus Heritage at the Abbey.
The Cistercian monks established Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown in 1150 and made a significant impact on the landscape by draining the marshes and making the landscape more financially viable. Following the Dissolution in 1538 Holme Cultram Abbey’s nave survives in the parish as St Mary’s Church, which is undergoing development through this project.
So far we have worked on 3 chapel sites and industry sites that were linked to the Abbey through field walking, geophysical survey and excavation. This summer, we will be concentrating our efforts in Abbeytown, opening a trench on the Abbey grounds to locate the refectory and kitchen and opening an iron working site within the Abbey grounds.
For more information see their website: www.solwaywetlands.org.uk
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