Abbey Fields Archaeology
New Swimming pool archaeology summary page: 2023 excavations summary
The Abbey Fields is full of archaeology. Since the entire park became a Scheduled Ancient Monument SM35115 on 8th September 2003, it became a prerequisite for any work that an archaeological assessment had to be made of any ground that would be disturbed. This ensured a regular flow of new discoveries.
Here I will be adding details of the new investigations, as well as adding some of the older ones and a few photographs of my own.
Dates and locations of archaeological investigations in the Abbey Fields. Click on the links below for more details.
1840 Churchyard extension
1888 Churchyard extension
1922 The Abbey uncovered
1989 Severn-Trent pipe laying
1997 Geo-phys survey
2005 Barn Dig, KHAS 2005/6
2008 The Abbey gatehouse
2013 Redevelopment of the former bowling green into a new children’s play area
2013 (a) Conversion of the ‘temporary’ car park into a hard-surface pay and display car park
2014 Gatehouse from KH 2015
2018 Reconstruction and widening of the ‘Cow Path’
2022 (a) Swimming pool, brook end
2022(b) Children’s play area
2023 Swimming pool, former cafe area
2023 b The 1896 swimming pool
More Abbey fields articles:
How the land was acquired Full details on how each plot became part of the park between 1884 and 1974.
The Covenants Each plot came with a covenant and restrictions
Abbey Fields Cycle Path Always under discussion, a complete record of attempts for cycling to return to the park
The Swimming Pool The history of the pool from its origins in the 1890s until the present day, with a number of photographs
Car Parking in the Abbey Fields How the car park came about
Bye-laws The non-observance of bye-laws is often discussed, here you can see them all
Abbey Fields Play Equipment Some aspects of the park play equipment, now established over a century
Abbey Fields, 1947 A look at the park as it appeared in the national aerial record of 1947
Abbey Fields Timeline A chronology of the Abbey Fields starting in the ice age!
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