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Newsletter 258 December 2020

Chepstow Archaeological Society

We had two excellent speakers at our November Zoom meeting, each talking about new science being applied to quite different aspects of the Mary Rose shipwreck.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 3rd December with our good friend, Richard Osgood. Richard is Senior Archaeologist at The Defence Infrastructure Organisation at The Ministry of Defence (MoD). He is responsible for all archaeology on MoD land, which includes Salisbury Plain and which encompasses roughly 1% of all of the land in the UK. He has won awards for his work on Berrow Tump on Salisbury Plain and is a regular visitor on TV’s ‘Digging for Britain’, along with Alice Roberts. His talk this time will be about ‘The Secrets of Burrow Island (Rat Island) in Portsmouth Harbour’.

Although the meeting will start at 7.30pm, please log on in good time from 7pm onwards.

This is the link to join the Zoom meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83828224764?pwd=YU80WGlXRlE5QTgyRVJwb3dVWFk3QT09

Meeting ID: 838 2822 4764
Passcode: 393616

Thank you for your continued support in purchasing books which goes to help CAS funds. Here  is the next selection available for you to buy. Reply to this email or ring us 01600 775656 if you are interested.

  1. ‘Daily Life in Ancient Rome’ by Jerome Carcopino. Paperback and published by Penguin in 1991. £2 + postage.
  • ‘Following Hadrian – A Second-Century journey through the Roman Empire’ by Elizabeth Speller. Signed by the author. Paperback and published by Headline in 2003. £2 + postage.
  • ‘Photographing Historic buildings’ by Terry Buchanan Paperback and published by The Royal Commission in 1983. £2 + postage.
  • ‘A Travellers Guide Roman Britain’ by Patrick Ottoway. Hardback. Published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1987. £2 + postage.
  • ‘Treasure Trove of an Ancient Roman Child’ A pictorial book with a secret compartment by Fiona MacDonald. Published by Smithmark in 1999 – unopened and as new. £3 + postage.
  • ‘Down the Dig’ a pristine copy of Steve Clarke’s book about the dig in Monnow Street, Monmouth. Hardback and published by Clarke Printing in 2008. £5 + postage.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again, on- line at least.

With best wishes

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 257 November 2020

Last month’s talk was a huge success. Over 40 people logged in to our on-line Zoom talk. Our next talk, again on-line and via Zoom, will be on Thursday 5th November.  This time we are thrilled to have two speakers talking about ‘The New Archaeological Science of the Mary Rose’.

Dr Richard Madgwick will talk about his latest work on the crew of the Mary Rose. This will be followed by Jarrod Seifert, who will tell us about his work on the cannon balls found on the Mary Rose.  Both speakers are based at Cardiff University.

The actual meeting starts at 7:30pm but you can login from 7:00 pm onwards. Below is the link to the Zoom meeting. You will also be able to find this link in the newsletter section of the Chepstow Archaeological Society website (http://chepstow.org.uk/newsletter/)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84974043625?pwd=L29KbTY5SEpLT1A3TEhhOVYwLytvZz09

Books for sale

Only one book remains from those on sale in last month’s newsletter.  Many thanks to those who bought books.  Here are a few more for sale:

1.‘Dolman’s for the Dead – Megalithic Building throughout the World’ by Roger Joussaume. Hard back. Published 1985. Price £3.00     ‘Archaeology in Britain since 1945’. Edited by Ian Longworth and John Cherry. Paperback. Published 1986. Price £3.00

2. ‘Archaeology in Britain since 1945’. Edited by Ian Longworth and John Cherry. Paperback. Published 1986. Price £3.00

3. ‘Portraits of the Past, The British Landscape Through the Ages‘ by Richard Muir.  Hard back. Published 1989. Price £3.00‘Merlin – Shaman, Prophet, Magician’ by John Mathews. Hard back. Published 2004. Price £3.00

4. ‘Merlin – Shaman, Prophet, Magician’ by John Mathews. Hard back. Published 2004. Price £3.00


5. ‘Beverley – An Archaeological and Architectural Study’ Royal Commission of Historical Monuments. Paper back. Published 1982.  Price £3.00

6. ‘Monmouthshire The Hundreds of Abergavenny Part 2’ By Sir Joseph Bradley. Hard back. Originally published 1904 – 1933 this edition 1992. Now out of print. Price £20.  

Please email me if you would like to purchase any or all of these books. 

Postage additional and at cost.  Books can also be collected from Monmouth.  The money will go to CAS funds.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you on November 5th.

Stay safe please. With best wishes

Felicity and Colin

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Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 256

Autumn Programme 2020

Dear All,

We are delighted to be able to tell you that our Autumn Programme will go ahead as planned but using the internet via the Zoom software programme, rather than meeting at the Conservative Club. 

The Programme

October 1st Richard Lewis of Black Mountain Archaeology will be telling us about his work at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks in Swansea.

November 5th, Dr Richard Magwick of Cardiff University, and one of his colleagues, Jarrod Seifert, will be talking about new archaeological science that has prompted new research on the crew of the Mary Rose and the Cannon Balls.

December 3rd Richard Osgood from MoD will tell us about his work on Rat Island.

Our Committee member, Ian Sewell, will be in charge of IT and the Zoom meetings.  Some members may not have experienced a Zoom meeting before, so there will be a ‘dry run’ this coming Thursday 24th September at 7pm. To take part, you are invited to log into the meeting at or around 7pm by clicking the link below or copying and pasting it into your browser.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85162611683?pwd=bFBaVGZSZzFUVVQzMGpFdE1CaWhsUT09

Meeting ID: 851 6261 1683

Passcode: 061196

Ian will be able to help with any issues you may have with Zoom.  Even if you are familiar with Zoom software, you are invited to log on to say hello.

The first full CAS meeting will take place on Thursday 1st October when you will need to log into Zoom by clicking or copy and pasting this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81710347708?pwd=VnNjbHFCQkdSYU5vYXVRK0V2bTR3dz09

Meeting ID: 817 1034 7708

Passcode: 490802

Please do not use this for the ‘dry run’.   The talk will start at 7.30pm, so please be in place, switched on and running the Zoom link before then. Newsletters are put up on our website at http://chepstow.org.uk/ where you can also access the Zoom links if you wish.

One of our former committee members has donated to The Society a number of extremely interesting archaeological books.  The books are for sale to members to raise funds for CAS.  We will list a few each month.  The first batch are The History of Monmouthshire by Sir Joseph Bradney published 1994.  These are all out of print and much sought after.  The price is £20 each, plus postage although arrangements for collection can be made.  The six volumes are:

  1. Caldicot Parts 1 and 2
  2. Usk Parts 1 and 2
  3. Abergavenny Part 2
  4. Raglan

Also, there is a set of three books by Sir Cyril Fox and Lord Raglan, usually known as Fox and Raglan, on the Monmouthshire Houses – again out of print.  £35 for the set of three plus postage, but again arrangements for collection can be made.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again, on-line at least.

With best wishes

Felicity and Colin

 

Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 252 March 2020

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 5th March at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30.  We will start the meeting with a brief AGM, postponed from last month.

Our speaker will be Dr Evan Jones, who is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Bristol.  Dr Jones will be giving us a talk entitled:

Rediscovering Cabot: Bristol and Atlantic Exploration, c.1470-1508

Please could everyone ensure their membership is paid up to date. If you have a standing order, please instruct your bank to revise the date and that £10 is to be paid to Chepstow Archaeological Society on January 1st each year.  This may mean you need to pay for this year, if you have not already done so.  All memberships are £10 per person now and are due on January 1st each year.  If in doubt please contact Ian Sewell our membership secretary, at chepstowarchsoc@gmail.com or talk to him at the next meeting.

The trip to see Tutankhamun Exhibition on Monday 16th March.  There are still six tickets available.  The coach will be leaving Chepstow Leisure Centre at 6am to arrive at the Saatchi Gallery when the doors open at 10 am.  The remainder of the day can be spent exploring the galleries and museums in Exhibition Road, just a short walk from the Saatchi.  The coach should be back in Chepstow at 7pm.

Trip to Orkney July 3rd -12th.  There are just 2 places left to fill on this exciting adventure around Orkney and Shetland.  The cost is £2060 which includes air fare from Bristol, hotel, bed, breakfast and dinner, coach travel, ferry to Shetland, entrance fees, lunches (except for one day) and our accompanying tour manager and guide.  If you are interested, please let me know and we can send you an itinerary.

Felicity and Colin

Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 251 January 2020

A big thank you to everyone who helped provide a really enjoyable supper at our December meeting, and we enjoyed the musical accompaniment too.

February Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 6th February when Chris Hodges makes a return visit to the Society with a talk entitled ‘A New Look at Stone Walls’. You may remember Chris spoke about The Buildings of the Black Mountains in his previous visit.  As usual the meeting will be held in the Conservative Club, Moor St, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm. The AGM is being re-scheduled for a future meeting.

Trip to the Tutankhamun Exhibition

The coach will leave the car park at Chepstow Leisure Centre on Monday 16th March at 6am. This will enable us to take advantage of the first session at the Saatchi Gallery when the doors open at 10am. Afterwards we will have time to explore the delights of the museums around Exhibition Road – the Victoria and Albert Museum,  the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. This will give you time for lunch and to explore the museums at your leisure. We will be back in Chepstow by 7pm at the latest. Tickets for the trip are £42 per person. If you haven’t done so already, payment should be made, preferably by BACS transfer, to: Chepstow Archaeological Society, account number 00736255 sort code 30-91-89. Please use your name as the reference followed by the letters Tut. Would you then please email our treasurer, Keith Tayton, at keithtayton@hotmail.com giving your name and how much you have paid.

If you wish to pay by cheque instead, please send a cheque to the treasurer of Chepstow Arch Soc, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ. Write your name, followed by the letters Tut on the reverse.

Trip to Orkney

There are just two places left on this exciting trip to Orkney and Shetland on 3rd to 12th July this year. The cost is £2,060 per person which includes all flights from Bristol, hotels, dinner bed and breakfast, all lunches apart from one, coach travel, ferry fares, entrance fees and the services of a professional guide. We do need to fill the last two places, so if you know of any friends or family who may be interested, please let us know – we can let you have a full itinerary.

We have been asked if we could pass on details of a talk at Shirenewton Local History Group. The speaker, Peter James, has previously given a talk to Chepstow Arch Soc. Details are attached. Please note that the venue has changed from that originally advertised.

Regards

Felicity and Colin

Chepstow Archaeological Society Trips

Visit to the Tutankhamun Exhibition Monday 16th March 2020

There are still a few places available on the coach for this trip, so please let us know if you would like to come along by replying to flysstaylor@yahoo.co.uk . The coach will leave from Chepstow Leisure Centre. We will have time to visit another venue in the afternoon, the Museum of London is an option.

For those who have already booked, can we please ask for payment for this visit Payment should preferably by made by BACS transfer to:

Chepstow Archaeological Society, account number 00736255 sort code 30-91-89. Please use your name as the reference followed by the letters Tut. Would you then please email our treasurer, Keith Tayton, at keithtayton@hotmail.com to confirm your name and how much you have paid.

If you wish to pay by cheque instead, please send a cheque to the treasurer of Chepstow Arch Soc, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ. Write your name, followed by the letters Tut on the reverse.

 Trip to Orkney 3rd to 12th July 2020

There are four places still available on this trip. Flying from Bristol, we will visit the on-going excavations at the Ness of Brodgar and have an overnight trip to Shetland. The itinerary is attached.  We will soon be offering these places to other groups, so please let us know as soon as possible by replying to flysstaylor@yahoo.co.uk .

The price of £2,060 is all inclusive –  dinner, bed and breakfast at the Kirkwall hotel, coach, tour guide, lunches (apart from one). It includes all entrance fees and ferries.         

Regards

Felicity and Colin

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Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 250 December 2019

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 5th December in Chepstow Conservative Club, Moor Street starting at 7.30pm.  This month we will be welcoming Guy Salkeld from the Ministry of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Guy will be telling us about the diverse and interesting archaeology of the MoD base at Caerwent – ranging from the Roman era to Blue Streak rockets.

Forthcoming events

  • Our forthcoming January meeting will be on Thursday 2nd January at 7.30pm. ‘A Symphony of Sound’ by the de Caversham Household will represent a departure from our usual New Year meetings. They will be entertaining us with a variety of medieval music played on medieval instruments.  But we will, of course, continue our New Year tradition of holding our Bring and Share Supper.  Please bring something on a plate or in a bowl that can be shared as a Buffet supper.
  • Visit to the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. A coach is booked for Monday 16th March 2020.  We have tickets reserved at the gallery for the first slot of the day at 10am, which means we will be able to visit something else in the afternoon.  The coach will leave from and return to the Leisure Centre carpark in Chepstow.  Cost is £42 which includes ticket and coach.  If you haven’t already done so, please let me know if you would like to join this trip.
  • Trip to Orkney, 3rd to 12th July 2020. This will be a comprehensive tour of the now-famous archaeological sites in the islands, as well as the less well-known sites. It includes an over-night trip to Shetland.  It will be the digging season while we are there, so work on the Ness of Brodgar will be in full swing.  There are four places remaining, so, if you are interested, please contact me for an itinerary and price.

Katie Faillace, our speaker last month, has sent through a list of the regular seminars at the Archaeology Department at Cardiff University. The seminars are free, open to all and take place on Thursdays at 17:10 in the University’s John Percival Building (Lecture Theatre 2.03, second floor). There is no need to book. The last two talks in this year’s series are:

5th Dec.

Dr Matthew Haysom, Newcastle University – ’Neopalatial Cretan Religion in Comparative Perspective’

12th Dec.

Dr Michael Rivera, Newcastle University – ‘Life by the Sea Reconstructed: human skeletal biology on the prehistoric Baltic coast (9000BCE – 1200CE)?’

Further details at: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/history-archaeology-religion/events/seminar-series

All our forthcoming programme, membership forms, photos of recent trips and contact details are all on the society’s website. Just search Chepstow Arch Soc or go to http://chepstow.org.uk/ .

You can also follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter too, search for Chepstow Archaeological Society

 Regards

 Felicity and Colin

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Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 249 November 2019

Our next meeting will be at 7:30pm on Thursday 7th November in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow.  Our speaker will be Katie Faillace, from the Bioarchaeology Department at Cardiff University. Her talk is entitled The Origins of Teeth – should be fascinating.

There are road works in Chepstow to replace a gas main, although we don’t know yet whether they will involve Moor Street next week.  If anyone knows whether the road works will affect people attending the meeting, please let me know so we can alert everyone.

I have been asked to publicise the next Archaeology of the Severn Estuary Conference, which will be held on Sunday 10th November at The Royal Hotel, Weston- super-Mare.  As always, there is an interesting line-up of speakers with a variety of research topics relevant to the Severn Estuary.  Tickets are £11, which includes morning and afternoon refreshments, but not lunch.  Please see the attached poster for the full itinerary and how to get tickets.

 Regards

Felicity and Colin

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Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 248 October 2019

A reminder that our October meeting is this week, Thursday 3rd October 7.30pm at the Conservative Club, Moor street, Chepstow. Our speaker will be Will Davies from Cadw with a talk entitled ‘Newport Castle Re-visited’. Many members will recall Will’s inspiring tour of the Three Castles in the summer of 2018.

Toby Driver’s talk at the Drill Hall was a great success. The hall was packed, and the talk and aerial pictures were a real treat.

Printed copies of our programme for 2019 – 2020 will be available at Thursday’s meeting. Hope to see you there.

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 247 September 2019

A goodly number of our members will be away on the Society Trip to Naples from 19th until 25th September. So, we thought we would let you have details of our October meeting in good time and to save the rush when we get back.

Our October meeting will be on Thursday 3rd October at the Conservative Club, Moor street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Will Davies from Cadw with a talk entitled ‘Newport Castle Re-visited’. Many members will recall Will’s inspiring tour of the Three Castles in the summer of 2018.

A final reminder of our big summer event on Thursday 12th September in the Chepstow Drill Hall. Aerial archaeologist, Toby Driver will present a talk entitled A Summer of Discovery in Wales: Aerial Archaeology and the Remarkable Heatwave of 2018. Toby Driver, of the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, will take us through the many discoveries he has made from the air.

Tickets for this event are £5 each and we strongly advise you to obtain them in advance. If you can, please pay by bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference, followed by the letters DH.  If bank transfer is not an option for you, please send a cheque for £5.00 each, made out to Chepstow Archaeological Society with the letters DH on the back and send it, with a stamped addressed envelope, to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ.

Whichever way you pay could you please email Keith Tayton on keithtayton@hotmail.com to confirm that you have paid.

We are organising this event in conjunction with The Monmouthshire Antiquarian Association.

Attached is the Indoor Meeting Programme for 2019 – 2020

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 246 August 2019

This Summer we have been exploring our local area. It started in May when we looked at the old Severn Bridge and the old Aust ferry.  In June Mark Lewis explored the evidence for Roman activity around Chepstow in his most excellent talk at the Drill hall.  Our next meeting will continue the theme when we explore the Gwent Levels in August.  The day will be led by Gavin Jones from the Living Levels team.

On Saturday 10th August please meet at Blackrock car park at 10.30am – see map.  We will be meeting some of the Lave Net Fishermen and hearing about their ancient craft of salmon fishing.  We will also be able to look at their museum.  From Blackrock we drive to Nash (see map), where we will visit the Church and explore its links to the sea.  This will be followed by lunch at The Waterloo Inn, near the Church. Please let me know at flysstaylor@yahoo.co.uk or ring asap if you require lunch.  Gavin will book the table for us, so we need to know numbers soon. 

After lunch we will drive to the nearby Wetlands RSPB reserve. From there we will walk along the sea wall to look at evidence of fishing as well as view the East Usk light House and Usk Power Station. There is a car park charge at the Wetlands Centre, unless you are an RSPB member.  It can be quite breezy on the sea wall so do come prepared.

Thursday 12th September A talk in the Chepstow Drill Hall by aerial archaeologist, Toby Driver.  The hot summer last year revealed an unprecedented number of new parch marks, visible from the air. Many ancient buildings and earthworks, not apparent from ground level, were also revealed for the first time. Toby Driver, of the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, spends much of his time in the air and he is anxious to share his discoveries with us. It promises to be good.

Tickets are £5 each and we strongly advise you to obtain them in advance. If you can, please pay by bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference, followed by the letters DH.  If bank transfer is not an option for you, please send a cheque for £5.00 each, made out to Chepstow Archaeological Society with the letters DH on the back and send it, with a stamped addressed envelope, to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ.Whichever way you pay could you please email Keith Tayton on keithtayton@hotmail.com to confirm that you have paid.

We are organising this event in conjunction with The Monmouthshire Antiquarian Society. Please see attached poster.

Also, members may be interested in a week of fieldwork entitled ‘Hands-on Archaeology on the Gwent Levels’. Below are the details they have provided:-

‘DigVentures’, an offshoot of Time Team, will be providing a programme of hands-on heritage sessions. They will use the archaeological excavation and surveying of the historic buildings, landscapes and foreshore to explore the development of Redwick through time. Our Redwick taster sessions will run from the 30th July to the 4th August and will include a range of activities to explore the area’s past. We’ll be opening up archaeological test pits, recording historic buildings, going on a foreshore archaeology survey, and exploring the landscape for clues about the past.

The week will involve testing out our new online GIS system – a mapping tool which means we can view old maps, satellite images and add new data about the heritage as we investigate. The week will also provide plenty of opportunities for people to get hands on with heritage, and you’ll be able to take part in one or all of the activities.  

Book your place here: https://www.livinglevels.org.uk/events-2/2019/7/29/hands-on-archaeology-and-heritage-redwick or ring Gavin Jones  on 01633 292981.  Any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Gavin Jones email gavin.jones@rspb.org.uk.

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 245 July 2019

Guided tour of Crickhowell, Sunday Lunch (optional) and visit to Tretower Court and Castle.

Please meet in the main car park in Crickhowell at 11.30am.  There are 2 car parks – see attached map. Our guide will be waiting for us in the main car park which has a charge of £1.30 for 2 hours.  The second car park is free and is part of the school parking, also used by parishioners on Sunday mornings.  It is a short walk between the two car parks.

Lunch will be served at The Cider Mill at 1.00pm for those who have booked. There is a large car park there – see attached map for directions. If you have not already booked lunch at the Cider Mill and would like to come, please let me know asap – there is no need to pre-order. There are various other options for lunch in Crickhowell, if you wish. 

Tretower Court and Castle. Meet here please at 2.45pm.  See Attached map.  This is a Cadw property, so if you have Cadw, English Heritage or Historic Scotland membership, please remember to bring your card(s) along with you.

Best wishes

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Coach trip to visit the Botanical Gardens at Kew 

Saturday 15th June

     Chepstow Archaeological Society is sharing a coach with Chepstow Family History Group on the trip to Kew Gardens on Saturday 15th June.   The Family History Group are going to the National Archives to carry out their own family history research. If anyone would like to join them there, they are welcome to do so.

     The coach will drop us off at Kew Gardens, which is about a mile from The National Archives.  If you have not been to Kew Gardens before there is a lot to see.  There are several glass houses for various climates.  There is the Royal Palace, the pagoda, lakes and specialist plants and gardens. A road-train takes 40 minutes to tour the gardens, at an extra cost.

     Group admission to Kew Gardens is £15.30 for adults and £13.60 for concessions (minimum 15 people) which we will ask for nearer the time,

     At this stage we need to pay for the coach, which is £23.25 per person, based on a total of thirty people going on the coach.  We need to try and get a few more people to come. So, for those members who put their names on the list at the last meeting or anyone who would like to join the trip, including non-members, friends and families, please could you please pay £23.25 per person by bank transfer or cheque.

     Bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference. 

     Alternatively, please send a cheque for £23.25 each made out to Chepstow Archaeological Society and send it to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ. It would also be helpful if you could let me know when you have paid.


Our first outdoor outing of the Summer Programme will be on Saturday 11th May.   We will be hearing from John Evans and Tim Ryan about the Severn Bridge and its predecessor, The Severn Princess ferry. 

There will be a small charge of £5 per head which will be divided between the Severn Bridge and The Severn Princess Trusts.

The Agenda for the day will be: – 

10.00am Meet on the slipway near the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) HQ under the old Severn Bridge where there is parking.  We will have a talk about the bridge, followed by a short walk. Map attached

1.00pm Lunch at the Beaufort Hotel in the centre of Chepstow.  Lunch needs to be pre-ordered (see menu at the bottom of this email).  Please let me know your order by Friday 10th May, thanks.

2.30pm in the Regency Room upstairs in the Beaufort Hotel, Tim and John will show photos relating to both projects (the Severn Princess and Severn Bridge)

3.30pm A walk to the Severn Princess Ferry, berthed on the River Wye

Coach trip to the Botanical Gardens at Kew – Saturday June 15th

The coach will leave Chepstow at 7.30am.  More details in the June newsletter.

Chepstow Archaeological Society is sharing the coach with Gwent Family History Group.   The Family History Group are going to the National Archives to carry out their own family history research. If anyone would like to join them there, they are welcome to do so.

The coach will drop us off at Kew Gardens, which is about a mile from The National Archives.  If you have not been to Kew Gardens before, there is a lot to see.  There are several glass houses for various climates.  There is the Royal Palace, the Pagoda, lakes and specialist plants and gardens. A road-train takes 40 minutes to tour the gardens, at an extra cost.

Group admission to Kew Gardens is £15.30 for adults and £13.60 for concessions (minimum 15 people) which we will ask for nearer the time.

At this stage we need to pay for the coach, which is £23.25 per person, based on a total of thirty people going on the coach.  We need to try and get a few more people to come. So, for those members who put their names on the list at the last meeting or anyone who would like to join the trip, including non-members, friends and families, please could pay by bank transfer or cheque for £23.25 per person.

Bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference. 

Alternatively, please send a cheque for £23.25 each, made out to Chepstow Archaeological Society and send it to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ. It would also be helpful if you could let us know when you have paid.  Thank you to those who have already paid.

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 243 June 2019

We have three society events coming up – the coach trip to Kew Gardens, the talk by Dr Mark Lewis in Chepstow Drill Hall and a visit to Crickhowell.

Saturday 15th June – Coach Trip to Kew Gardens. 

This is the last call for anyone who is interested in joining this trip to the Botanical gardens at Kew – please let us know by Saturday 1st June at the latest.  The cost of the coach is £23.25 each. It is a lot easier for our treasurer If you can pay by bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference. Alternatively, please pay by cheque payable to Chepstow Archaeological Society and send it to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ.

When we have the final numbers, we will book group tickets for entry into Kew Gardens. This is £15.30 and £13.60 for seniors.  For those who have already paid their coach money, please could you now pay for entry to Kew by either sending a cheque to Keith Tayton or making a bank transfer as above and using your name and ‘Kew’ as the reference.

It would be helpful if you could let us know by email when you have paid for the coach or admission to Kew.

Thursday 20th June – Chepstow and its Landscape under the Romans

A new talk by popular speaker Dr Mark Lewis, curator of National Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon.

This is at Chepstow Drill Hall, doors open from 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 each, available in advance from Hilary Philips 01291 621680 or Felicity Taylor 01600 775656. They will also be available at the door.

This is an important fundraising event for Chepstow Archaeological Society which helps keep subscriptions in check. So, please bring along all your friends, neighbours and relations.  A poster is attached for you to print out and put up wherever you can. Also attached are some little reminder slips to cut up and give to people – they are NOT tickets.

Sunday July 7th – Trip to Crickhowell

On Sunday July 7th we have a trip to Crickhowell with a guided tour around the historic town. Then Sunday lunch at the Nantyffin Cider Mill, just to the NW of Crickhowell on the A40, and on to the nearby magical Tretower Court.  To reserve tables at the Cider Mill, we need to know numbers Please let us know if you would like to join everyone for lunch at the Cider Mill by replying to this email.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at these events


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 242 May 2019

Our first outdoor outing of the Summer Programme will be on Saturday 11th May.   We will be hearing from John Evans and Tim Ryan about the Severn Bridge and its predecessor, The Severn Princess ferry. 

There will be a small charge of £5 per head which will be divided between the Severn Bridge and The Severn Princess Trusts.

The Agenda for the day will be: – 

10.00am Meet on the slipway near the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) HQ under the old Severn Bridge where there is parking.  We will have a talk about the bridge, followed by a short walk. Map attached

1.00pm Lunch at the Beaufort Hotel in the centre of Chepstow.  Lunch needs to be pre-ordered (see menu at the bottom of this email).  Please let me know your order by Friday 10th May, thanks.

2.30pm in the Regency Room upstairs in the Beaufort Hotel, Tim and John will show photos relating to both projects (the Severn Princess and Severn Bridge)

3.30pm A walk to the Severn Princess Ferry, berthed on the River Wy

Coach trip to the Botanical Gardens at Kew – Saturday June 15th

The coach will leave Chepstow at 7.30am.  More details in the June newsletter.

Chepstow Archaeological Society is sharing the coach with Gwent Family History Group.   The Family History Group are going to the National Archives to carry out their own family history research. If anyone would like to join them there, they are welcome to do so.

The coach will drop us off at Kew Gardens, which is about a mile from The National Archives.  If you have not been to Kew Gardens before, there is a lot to see.  There are several glass houses for various climates.  There is the Royal Palace, the Pagoda, lakes and specialist plants and gardens. A road-train takes 40 minutes to tour the gardens, at an extra cost.

Group admission to Kew Gardens is £15.30 for adults and £13.60 for concessions (minimum 15 people) which we will ask for nearer the time.

At this stage we need to pay for the coach, which is £23.25 per person, based on a total of thirty people going on the coach.  We need to try and get a few more people to come. So, for those members who put their names on the list at the last meeting or anyone who would like to join the trip, including non-members, friends and families, please could pay by bank transfer or cheque for £23.25 per person.

Bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ, for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference. 

Alternatively, please send a cheque for £23.25 each, made out to Chepstow Archaeological Society and send it to our treasurer, Mr Keith Tayton at Stoneycroft House, Shirenewton, Chepstow NP16 6RQ. It would also be helpful if you could let us know when you have paid.  Thank you to those who have already paid.

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 241 April 2019

        Our April meeting will be on Thursday 4th April at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  We are delighted to welcome our speaker, Richard Osgood, from the Ministry of Defence, who was very recently awarded Archaeologist of the Year at the Current Archaeology Awards evening in London.  Richard will be talking to us about the 6th Century burial site on Salisbury Plain known as Barrow Clump.  You may remember this site when Time Team featured Operation Nightingale who were excavating there.

        April sees the last of our indoor meetings.  Here is our Summer programme.  For some of the outings we need to know numbers, so please could you let me know if you wish to be included in the activity.

Summer Programme

May 11 (Saturday) John Evans and Tim Ryan – The Severn Bridge from Beachley and The Severn Princess (lunch at the Beaufort). See below for detailed itinerary and lunch menu.

June 15 (Saturday) Coach trip to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (with Chepstow Family History Group who are going to The National Archives) see info below

June 20 (Thursday) Dr Mark Lewis ‘Chepstow’s Roman Landscape and Seascape’ at the Drill Hall Chepstow.

July 7 (Sunday). A guided tour of Crickhowell followed by Sunday lunch (optional) and in the afternoon a visit to Tretower Court.

August 10 (Saturday).   The Living Levels with a fishy theme

September 12 (Thursday) Dr Toby Driver, RCAHMW Senior Investigator (Aerial Survey) with a talk entitled ‘A summer of Discovery in Wales: Aerial Archaeology and the Remarkable Heatwave of 2018’ at the Drill Hall (combined talk with Mon Ants)

September 19 – 24 Trip to Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum and all things Roman (and Greek). Fully booked

Final details of each event will be sent out the month before.

Agenda for Saturday 11 May

A local history day in Chepstow based on the Severn Bridge and the Severn Princess ferry, led by John Evans and Tim Ryan

10.00am meet on the slipway near SARA under the old Severn Bridge where there is parking.  There will be a talk about the bridge and a short walk.

1.00pm lunch at the Beaufort (see menu attached).  Lunch needs to be pre-ordered for large group.  Please let me know your order before Saturday May 4th.

2.30pm in the Regency Room upstairs in the Beaufort, Tim and John will show photos relating to both projects (the Severn Princess and Severn Bridge)

3.30pm walk to the Severn Princess berthed on the River Wye.

June 15 coach trip to Kew Gardens

         This is a shared coach with Chepstow Family History Group, who will be going to the National Archives to do their research.  We had hoped to arrange a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to the National Archives but this has not been possible.  We can therefore spend the day in Kew Gardens.  To take advantage of group reductions we need to have at least 15 in the group.  We also hope to arrange a tour of the palace.  Please can you let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining this trip.  The cost is a bit uncertain as it will be dependent on how many are on the coach.  Group entrance to Kew Gardens is £15.30 for adults and £13.60 for concessions. 

Offa’s Dyke Study Day on Monday 6 May

Following Dick Finch and Simon Maddison’s presentation to the Chepstow Archaeological Society in January, the Offa’s Dyke Study Group is organising a walk along Offa’s Dyke on Monday May 6th, starting from the Tidenham Chase Car Park. The aim is to describe some of the Dyke’s features as we go.  See the following link for more details:

https://offasdykesouthstudygroup.home.blog/2019/03/13/research-study-group-walk/

Check out Chepstow Archaeological Society website at: http://chepstow.org.uk/

We also have a Facebook page where we share interesting regional, national and international archaeological news. You just need to be signed up to Facebook – it’s easy and not all bad, honestly.

see https://www.facebook.com/groups/125841254101434/


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 240 March 2019

            Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th March at the Conservative Club, Moor street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Kasia Howard from The Landmark Trust.  This organisation has been responsible for saving many historically important buildings and giving many of them a new life.  Kasia will be telling us about one house in particular, Llwyn Celyn, a building in the Llanthony Valley with a remarkable story.

          At the end of our last meeting and AGM (7th February) we were very pleased to hear that one of our members, Keith Tayton, had stepped up to the plate and volunteered to be the new Treasurer of Chepstow Archaeological Society. The committee was delighted and pleased to welcome him on board. On the formal side, it was a little too late to properly elect Keith onto the committee as part of the AGM. Keith will thus be co-opted onto the committee and we will ask members to approve this at our next ordinary meeting on Thursday 7th March (see above).

       There are more opportunities to learn about the rich history on our doorstep – the Gwent Levels – see details below from the Living Levels Project:

Intertidal Archaeological Discoveries at Goldcliff, Nash and Redwick/Peterstone and Redwick – a talk by Professor Martin Bell from Reading University

  •  Tuesday March 19th30pm at Nash Community Centre, St Mary’s Road, Nash Village Newport NP18 2DD Book here: https://tinyurl.com/y8ex326x
  • Also on Friday March 22nd30pm at Peterstone Village Hall, Broadstreet Common, Peterstone  CF3 2TR   Book here: https://tinyurl.com/yd54msm3

    Professor Martin Bell­ will demonstrate how archaeological evidence can illustrate the rich record of past human activity and changing environments in the Severn Estuary Levels. The talk covers 27 years work on the archaeology of the local foreshore. The main focus will be stone-age sites, including footprints and an Iron Age settlement at Goldcliff.

  • The Intertidal Archaeology recording project. Prof Martin Bell is running a course between the 8th and 11th April at Peterstone. The four-day training course will be recording intertidal archaeological finds for up to 25 people. A team, led by Prof Martin Bell, will train and guide the course participants in intertidal field recording, finds processing, analysis and report-writing. Details and booking can be found here: livinglevels.org.uk/whats-on-our-events

 Regards

 Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 239 February 2019

A big thank you to all who participated in our January meeting.  We enjoyed an excellent range of short talks, followed by an excellent buffet supplied by everyone who came.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th February in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  There will be a short AGM before Simon Maddison, a CAS member, will be telling us about the results of his study of the significance of clusters of Iron Age hillforts in a talk entitled ‘The Hillforts of Britain and Ireland’.  You can have a preview of what it’s all about by going to  https://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk/

This year’s accounts and last years AGM minutes are attached.

Programme dates for your diary:

Feb 7th          The Hillforts of Britain and Ireland – Simon Maddison, Chepstow Arch Soc

March 7th     The Work of the Landmark Trust – Kusia Howard, the Landmark Trust

April 4th          Berrow Clump, a 6th Century Cemetery on Salisbury Plain – Richard Osgood (MoD)

 

May 11th       The Severn Bridge and the Severn Princess – an all-day local outing. Saturday

June 15th    Visit to The National Archives at Kew – with a behind-the-scenes tour, followed by a visit to Kew Gardens.  In conjunction with Gwent Family History Group (Saturday)        

June 20th        Dr Mark Lewis at the Drill Hall. A Chepstow Festival Event. Thursday

July                 Tba

August           Tba

Sept 12th            A Summer of Discoveries in Wales – Aerial Archaeology and the Remarkable Heatwave of 2018 – Toby Driver, Senior Investigator, Aerial Surveys, Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales. At Chepstow Drill Hall – in conjunction with Monmouth Antiquarian Society (Saturday).

Sept               Trip to Naples, including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis,

19th – 24th       Boscoreale Paestum, Pozzuoli and Baia.

There has been a good response from members who want to come on the trip to Naples in September.  There are still places available, so any members who would like to come, please let us know as soon as possible, before it is thrown open to other interested parties.

There is a very active group, part of the Living Levels project, carrying out out important and exciting research. The group is called The Gwent Levels Sewer RATS (Research and Transcription Service). There are several opportunities to get involved with their research projects. Full details are at the bottom of this email.

Don’t forget, we still need a new treasurer!

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 238 January 2019

 

The committee would like to take this opportunity to wish members a very Happy New Year for 2019.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you during the coming year.

Our first meeting of the New Year will be on Thursday 3rdJanuary at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  This meeting will follow the very popular format of recent years, comprising a series of short talks given by members followed by a bring-and-share supper. We have 6 volunteer speakers. They are, in no particular order:

Anne Hawkins         Mutiny on the Trow or ‘A Row on a Trow’

Keith Tayton            Shirenewton Church

Keith Mosely            What our ancestors endured; climate change over the last 120,000   years

Simon Maddison    The Offa’s Dyke Study Group – an update

and Dick Finch  

Jeremy White          East Usk Lighthouse

If speakers wish to use the projector and laptop, please can they bring their talk on a USB data stick? The bring-and-share supper can be any sort of finger food, from crisps to cake.

Our next meeting, on February 7th will start with a short AGM.  The committee do need to find a treasurer to succeed Alan, who is having to stand down.  If anyone is interested in filling this post, please could they make themselves known at the January meeting or contact Colin directly on 01600 775656.  This notice of the AGM also applies to anyone who wishes to be nominated for the committee.  At present the committee consists of:

Colin Harris               Chairman

Hilary Philips             Secretary

Alan Petts                 Treasurer

Felicity Taylor           Programme Secretary

Gwen Hawkesley

Sibyl Cook

Bev Durn

Brian Powell

Attached is a sample of the society’s proposed Orkney and Shetland Tour for 2020. Our tour organiser is also preparing an additional and shorter tour of just Orkney.

Has anyone lost a Yale key?  After the December meeting a Yale key on a key ring was found just outside the door to the meeting room.  The key is with Chepstow Conservative Club, 01291 624919.


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 237 December 2018

    The next meeting of Chepstow Archaeological Society will be on Thursday 6th December at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow at 7.30pm.  Paul Barnett will be telling us about the Severn Bridge Disaster – a little-known tragedy on the River Severn.

We still need a couple more short-talks for the January 3rd meeting – please let me know if you can do a 10 to 15-minute talk about anything with an archaeological or historical content.  The projector will be available if you want to use it.

We have had a good response to the suggested visits to Italy and Orkney. We will keep you posted.

So far, we have not had anyone come forward to replace Alan as Treasurer.  Please could you consider this post as the AGM is in February.  Please discuss with Alan at the next meeting or contact Colin on 01600 775656 or 07710 413373.

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 236 November 2018

We have just received notification of a meeting on the latest revelations from the work around Chepstow at Lancaut Peninsular and Spital Meend promontory fort.  The meeting is at Chepstow Drill Hall on November 29th at 7pm.  For details see the attached poster. Also attached is the latest newsletter from the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), Wales.

Trips

Following the success of our trip to Burgundy this year, we are considering another two excursions.  It would be very useful to know how many people would be interested in joining the trips, so that we can plan accordingly.  At this stage we have no idea of price nor dates, so an indication of interest would be very helpful, but not commit you to anything: –

Italy, late Summer or early Autumn 2019 

Our guide in Burgundy was Andrea and he was so good that we asked him if he would be willing to be our guide for a trip to Italy (he is Italian).  He said he would love to do this. We are thinking of something along the lines of visiting Pompeii (lots of new work being undertaken there), Herculaneum, Ostia, sites in Rome and other places of interest that may not be on the tourist trail.

Orkney, May – June 2020

Accommodation on Orkney is always booked up at least a year ahead. We are therefore trying to organise this trip as soon as we can.  We know there is interest because several people have already asked about a trip to Orkney. We now need to know how many so that we can make early bookings.

If you are interested in either or both of these excursions, please let us know by responding to this email.

Thank you

Regards

Felicity and Colin


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 235 November 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 1st November in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow, starting at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Dave Scaysbrook with a talk entitled ‘Death of Stereo’.  This is the story of a forgotten local First World War tragedy that Dave has been researching.  All will be revealed on the night.

We need a treasurer – can anyone help please?  Alan Petts would like to hand over the job to someone at the AGM in February next year.  If you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please let us know. If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Alan directly at alanpetts@talktalk.net , or have a chat with him at our next meeting.

Does anyone have a 10 to 15-minute talk for our January social meeting?  You can choose any subject, as long as it has some (vague)connection with archaeology or history.  For example, would anyone who went on the Burgundy trip like to talk about the places we visited?

Below is a notice about the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee Annual Conference at the newly-refurbished St Fagans in November.

Regards

Felicity and Colin

ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE SEVERN ESTUARY

Saturday 10th November 2018
10am – 4pm
St. Fagans National Museum of History, near Cardiff, CF5 6XBThe annual conference of the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee bringing presentations on the latest exciting discoveries from the wetlands surrounding the Severn Estuary, including:

Dr Rhianydd Biebrach – Swansea Bay Community Archaeology project

Mick Rawlings – Archaeological discoveries on the proposed M4 route around Newport

Dr Elizabeth Walker – From the National Museum Cardiff to the St Fagans National

History Museum – new approaches to the display of the Welsh archaeological Collection

Dr Jonathan Berry – World War II remains around the Severn Estuary

Dr Craig Lambert – Medieval trade and shipping in the Severn

Prof Martin Bell – The discovery of Mesolithic fish traps and footpaths at Goldcliff

Guest speaker: Dr Tom Booth on the latest amazing research in Ancient DNA

analysis that has revolutionised our knowledge of population change and migration

in a talk entitled ‘The Genetic Prehistory of Britain: Mesolithic to Bronze Age’

Tea, coffee and Welsh cakes will be provided as part of the entry price.

There are several places where lunch can be purchase at St Fagans – see

https://museum.wales/stfagans/ for more details.

Tickets must be booked in advance: £12 available from Eventbrite at;

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/archaeolgy-of-the-severn-estuary-conferencetickets-

Note: if coming by car the parking at St Fagans costs £5 per day

The SELRC AGM will follow at the end of the conference 16.00-16.30

Organised by Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee and the National Museum of Wales.


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 231 July 2018

            We are venturing over the bridge for our July outing – to the 12th century Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire – just 45 minutes from Chepstow. Our visit is arranged for Saturday 7th July at 11.00am.

Please meet in the Abbey itself at 11am for a guided tour. There is a cafe in the Abbey if you would like refreshments beforehand.

Lunch, which is optional, will be in the Abbey Gardens Café. This is next door to the Abbey and separate from it. I am hoping to have the menu from them shortly, so we can pre-order.

At 2pm we will have a guided tour of the world-famous Abbey House which was originally part of the Abbey and is not open to the general public.

The cost for the day is £12.00 each, not including the optional lunch. Please pay by bank transfer (online or otherwise) to Lloyds TSB, 7 Manor Way, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5HZ for the credit of Chepstow Archaeological Society (a/c 00736255 sort code 30-91-89) quoting your name as the reference. Alternatively, you may wish to send a cheque to Mr Alan Petts, 5 Bigstone Grove, Tutshill, Chepstow, NP16 7EN.

Please let me know you are coming as we need to know numbers for the day. Best route is M4 east to J17 and A429 north to Malmesbury. A picture of the gardens attached.

The Clay Pipe Research Group Conference. At our April meeting our speaker, Peter Taylor, mentioned a clay tobacco pipe conference being held in Cardiff. The conference is on the 29th and 30th of September and is open to everyone. Please see the attached form.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 230 June 2018

Firstly, a big thank you to those members who came along recently to the Society’s Lecture at the Drill Hall on the Life of a Civil War Solder by Stuart Peachey. It was a success. Particular thanks go to Hilary Philips who organised it at the last minute and virtually single handed. Thanks Hilary

Our next outing is on Saturday 16th June when we will be exploring the ‘Three Castles’ – White castle, Skenfrith and Grosmont – three magnificent border castles all located in spectacular countryside just north of Monmouth.

Our guide for the day will be Will Davies, Inspector for Ancient Monuments with Cadw. Lunch is booked at The Bell at Skenfrith.

As there is very little parking at any of the castles, we have arranged to meet at Cross Ash Community Hall, which is next to Cross Ash School, at 10.45am. See attached map.

We will leave Cross Ash for White Castle at 11am in as few cars as possible. Even if you are starting out with a full car, please meet at Cross Ash Hall first. It is about a 10 – 15 minute drive between each castle.

From White Castle we will go on to The Bell at Skenfrith for lunch. Attached is a menu for you to choose from. I will need your choice no later than Wednesday lunchtime please. Pay the Bell on the day.

Skenfrith Castle is just across the road from The Bell, so we will go there after lunch and have time for a quick look in the beautiful Church next to the castle.

We will end the day at Grosmont Castle, the most intact of the three. It too has a very interesting Church across the road and very much worth a visit.

The cost will be £3 per head, payable on the day. There are no entrance fees to any of the castles. It will help to know numbers, so please let me know if you are coming and don’t forget your choice of lunch. If you would rather have a picnic there are benches along the river near Skenfrith Castle.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 229 May 2018

The first of our outdoor meetings is on Saturday 5th May to Ruperra Castle. We will be guided through at least 2,000 years of history by Pat Jones Jenkins, Honorary Secretary of the Preservation Trust. Pat will take us around the Iron Age Hillfort, the medieval motte and the ruins of Ruperra Castle.  There are stunning views from the top of the Hillfort.  The sites are linked by a circular walk and there is a lower route for those who don’t want to walk to the top.  We will finish off our visit with lunch at The Holly Bush in Draethen.

Ruperra is some 7km north-east of Cardiff. The best route is via Bassaleg (A468) Lower Machen, turn left to Draethen and over a narrow river bridge and left in Draethen. After 1.4m turn sharp right onto a farm track. Park in the farmyard of Ruperra Home Farm on the left. There should be signs up for us. Map attached.  There will be a small charge of a few pounds each as a donation to the Trust. The cost of lunch is not included.

Please could you let me know if you are coming, even if you have expressed an interest on the list at the last meeting, as we need to book the Holly Bush Inn.

Apologies to those who have been expecting to see information on the web site.  We are currently having problems accessing the site but hope it will be resolved very soon.

.Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 228 April 2018

The next meeting, and the last of the winter programme, will be on Thursday 5th April at the usual time of 7.30pm in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow. The speaker will be Peter Taylor from Bristol who will be talking about The History of Clay Tobacco Pipes. It is not uncommon to find fragments of clay tobacco pipes when digging. Usually, they are fragments of pipe stems, but occasionally an archaeologist can get quite excited when a complete bowl is found, as it can often help with dating. If you have any clay pipes to show Peter, please bring them along.

It was unfortunate that the meeting last month had to be cancelled due to the snow. However, we will not miss out as Paul Woollans has agreed to come along and talk to us in October later this year on ‘Metal Detecting in the Cotswolds’.

In the meantime, here is the Summer programme.

  • May Saturday 5th. 2000 years of history at Ruperra. Guided walk to the iron age hillfort, motte and castle with optional pub lunch
  • May 15th – 20th. Trip to Guedelon Castle and Burgundy region (fully booked)
  • June Three Castles tour. Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont – to be confirmed
  • July Saturday 7th. Malmesbury Abbey, guided tour of Abbey and monastic buildings
  • August Saturday 11th. Mathern Mill, talk and tour with optional pub lunch
  • September Saturday 8th. Llanfihangel Court near Abergavenny, tour of house with afternoon tea

Attached is the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) Wales Spring Newsletter

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 227 March 2018

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 1st March at the usual time of 7.30pm in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow. The speaker will be Paul Woollins from Cotswold metal detecting group. Paul is very keen to come and tell us about his findings whilst Metal Detecting in the Cotswolds. He will also be bringing some of his finds along to show us.

On Friday 16th March there is an archaeological day school at the Drill Hall in Chepstow which promises to be an interesting event entitled, Lancaut Revelations – A Day-School on Recent Revelations from Archaeological Investigations in the Lancaut Peninsular & Spital Meend Fort.

It will be held on Friday 16th March, 10am – 3.30pm, at the Drill Hall, Chepstow.

There is a full programme of speakers chaired by Andrew Blake from the Wye valley ANOB:

Kate Biggs                Forest of Dean Building Preservation Trust

John Hoyle               Forest of Dean LIDAR Survey Project

Mel Barge                Management of Scheduled Monuments in the area (England)

Rob Iles                     Medieval Lancaut and its environs

Tim Hovered            Results of the archaeological fieldwork at Lancaut and Spital Meend

Dr Keith Ray             Interpreting the landscape of the Early Medieval Lancaut area

Dr Mark Redknap  Local artefacts in context and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Tickets £5 (includes light lunch & refreshments) from ww.ticketsource.co.uk/date/464418 more info on www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

Flier attached if you wish to print it out and circulate it.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society

Newsletter 226 February 2018

Firstly, we would like to thank all those who made the January members evening such a huge success. Our six speakers gave an amazing range of talks – Simon Maddison on a variety of fascinating archaeological sites in Europe, Keith Moseley on the study of beetle remains in Roman latrines, Ian Sewell on the survival of WW2 concrete defences, Keith James about how he researched his ancestor who fought at Waterloo, Del Samuel who challenged members to think about an alternative scenario on the origins of the Staffordshire Hoard, and Tony Valdamar on his huge amount of research into Dinham village, with an appeal for help to continue his work. Thank you all very much. Thanks also must go to everyone who brought contributions to a splendid supper.

Our next speaker is Dr Lucy Cramp, from the University of Bristol, who will be talking about the analysis of food residues on Prehistoric Pottery. The meeting will be on Thursday 1st February at 7.30pm in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow. There will be a brief AGM to start with.

Attached are copies of our audited annual accounts which will be presented at the AGM.

The trip to visit Guedelon Castle and other sites in Burgundy in May is now fully booked. Watch the CAS web site (http://chepstow.org.uk/) for more on the forthcoming Summer programme. We also have a Facebook site. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/125841254101434/) that informs members of what is going on in the wider world of archaeology and related subjects.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity


Chepstow Archaeological Society Newsletter 22 January 2018

Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th January at the Conservative Club in Moor Street, Chepstow, starting at 7.30pm.  There will be a series of varied, and usually fascinating, very short talks by members followed by ‘bring and share supper’.  For those not familiar with this, we all bring a plate or bowl of savoury or sweet finger food to share.

The short talks include:

A Journey Through Europe and Time – Simon Maddison

Beetling in Roman Toilets – Keith Moseley

Alternative Thoughts on the Staffordshire Hoard – Del Samuel

Could speakers please make themselves known at the start to Ian and Colin so we can set up mic and/or projector if needed?

Members may be interested in the following events coming up soon:-

  • Tuesday 9th January at The Nelson Museum, Monmouth at 7pm ‘Nelson State Funeral, Lantern Slide Show’ presented by Sarah Amos. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine) available from Monmouth Museum 01600 710630
  • At Hereford Cathedral the ‘Weeping Window’ will be on view between 14th March and 29th April. ‘Weeping Window’ is a free display from the installation ‘Blood-swept Lands and Seas of Red’ that was originally at the Tower of London in 2014 and comprises the well-known red ceramic poppies by the artist Paul Cummins.  In addition, Hereford will be hosting a range of Home Front events, many of them a short walk from Hereford Cathedral.  Full details can be found at herefordcathedral2018.org

The Committee would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity