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Programme of Events 2018

UPDATED: May 5th & 6th at 10.00am daily
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

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.

May 25th - 28th Wakehurst Place, Ardingly RH17 6TN
Smelt and exhibition

Please contact Tim on 01403 710148 or email Tim Smithif you can help at any of the events, or on the Friday before when we set up.Help is needed to assist at the stand on the days and set-up Friday 8th afternoon. If you can help: when we set up

Lake District Visit to view iron sites 20-23 April 2018

Following successful weekend visits to the Forest of Dean, Ironbridge Gorge and Sheffield in the past three years we intend to go a little further afield next April 2018 to visit furnaces in Cumbria.

This will require a four day event travelling up on a Friday and returning on the Monday. The date is 20-23 April (ie 3rd w/end after Easter) - to avoid local school holidays.

The plan is to visit extant furnaces at Backbarrow (1711), Duddon (1736), Newland (1746), a bloomery forge and the Wilkinson Memorial and house at Lindale-in-Cartmel. If time permits, other sites may be included. Download information on sites in the area HERE

For accommodation we have booked a short let on a self-catering holiday house with six bedrooms in Grange over Sands. This can sleep up to 14. The room rate for three nights will be £125 per room so if you are prepared to share you can half your rate. There will be a modest additional cost for catering for breakfast plus a contribution towards lifts to the sites and donations where appropriate to site trusts.

Because of the distance, we will share lifts to the sites for any who may travel to Cumbria by train. There is a station at Grange-over-Sands - change at Lancaster travelling from the south.

Please email Tim Smith secretary@wealdeniron.org.uk if you wish to attend. First come first served for the holiday let but there are also other B&Bs and hotels available in Grange over Sands for those who wish to make their own arrangements for accommodation - or to stay on after the visit.

July 14th (Sat) 2018 11am
Summer Meeting and AGM
Lewes Town Hall. Lecture Room, High St, Lewes, E Sussex, BN7 2QS

A presentation by our sponsored research student, Ethan Greenwood on completion of his studies of the organisation of iron production in pre-Roman and Roman times on the Weald. Followed at 2pm by a visit to Anne of Cleves House (to include the Iron gallery) 52, Southover High St, Lewes, BN7 1JA.

SAS members please bring your SAS membership card for free entry. WIRG will pay entrance for others. Lunch: There are a variety of cafes and restaurants for people to make their own arrangements.

Sat August 18 & 20th
Biddenden Tractor Fes, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8BH

Please contact Tim on 01403 710148 or email Tim Smith if you can help, or on the Friday before when we set up.Help is needed to assist at the stand on the days and set-up Friday 8th afternoon. If you can help: when we set up

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

Programme of forays for 2018

To be advised

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.