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Programme of Events 2018

Updated(11-10-18): Sat 10 November at 10.00am
Last excavation of 2018 but will be re-starting in Spring 2019
Great Park Wood Excavation
Great Park Wood, Brede
grid ref TQ 853 190.
Lat: 50.940664N Long: 0.636124E
The nearest postcode is TN31 6BG

Latest news: The site has been dated by pottery finds to late iron age to early roman

Great Park Wood is located south of the B2089 about 2 miles east of the crossing with the A28 at Broad Oak Brede. Parking is through a gate directly off the B2089. The entrance will be marked each day. If you see the signs for Udimore you will have passed the entrance. The excavation site is about 200 metres from the parking area downhill across a grass field.

For further information please contact Bob Turgoose on 01424 882657. In the event of bad weather on the selected days please call Bob to check if work is going ahead.

September 8 Smelt at Pippingford Park

Next smelt of the WIRG Experimental Bloomery at Pippingford Park
Contact the Secretary Tel 01403 710148

September 14 - 16th
Fernhurst Furnace open weekend with Sealed Knot Society (to west of Fernhurst).


Route will be signposted on the day.

Help to assist at the stand needed on the days and set-up Friday 8th afternoon. If you can help: Contact Tim Smith by email or on 01403 710148

Friday 28 September 7:30pm

Penfolds of Arundel 1833-1987
154 years of Socio-economic change

7-30pm Ballroom Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel
A talk by John Penfold in aid of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust
Donation of £5 suggested
Down load a poster

To reserve a seat contact John Penfold 01903 723454

Programme of forays for 2018

Indoor Foray on 3 November 2018
at 11:00am
Woolpack Inn, Hailsham Rd, HERSTMONCEUX, BN27 4LJ

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss options for forays in coming months.

Tim Smith will talk about his work on the Historic Environment Records at The Keep. This has revealed some uncertainty about the location of some sites that forays might be able to resolve.

Gerry Crawshaw will talk about locating Tudeley furnace, a well-documented medieval site but not yet located.

Bob Turgoose will indicate some locations of promise for iron industry remains based on geology which appear not to have been visited or recorded.

What is a Foray?
A foray includes field walking to identify possible iron-working sites. In favourable cases, this is followed up by excavation to further explore the layout of the site and to find dating evidence.

View a short VIDEO of a Foray (16Mb) - it may take a while to download.