The Lost Tudor Hunting Lodge at Wormingford
The Group have been working on a project at nearby Wormingford for the last few years and their findings are now available for viewing in this booklet. Published by Colchester Archaeological Group with generous support from Essex and Suffolk Water and the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project the booklet was written by Howard Brooks, Andrew White & Francis Nicholls.
The name Lodge Hills had been shown on numerous tithe maps but referring to a wide area of high land overlooking the Stour Valley. The discovery by ferreters of a foundation of Tudor brickwork while clearing rabbits out of a hedge line led to the exciting discovery of the site of a lost Tudor hunting lodge. This structure turned out to be part of the hunting tower and complex of buildings owned by the Waldegrave estate based at Smallbridge Hall on the opposite bank of the River Stour in Suffolk.
Excavations have been undertaken since late 2007 and have included the opening up of a well dating from the 16th century which contained the bottom half of a contemporary pumping mechanism
The booklet contains a summary of the historical research and the excavations so far undertaken. A summary of the more interesting finds is also included.
Available from ten.kugacnull@selas price £2 plus postage (£1 +P&P for students).