Archaeologists looking at Hilgay manor

West Norfolk Archaeology society running a dig in Ali Dent's herb garden.'Clive Bond and Edward Cumbley ANL-150419-163150009

West Norfolk Archaeology society running a dig in Ali Dent's herb garden.'Clive Bond and Edward Cumbley ANL-150419-163150009

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Villagers in Hilgay will be surveying a medieval manor with a moat during an archaeological event this weekend.

The Ouse Washes Landscape Community Archaeology project is looking into the unique history of Hilgay during a summer-long event.

Dr Clive Bond, who is the project officer, and colleagues are hoping villagers will go along and help them to survey the earthworks on a site close to the River Wissey, off Thistle Hill Road, on Sunday, from 11am.

The manor, which is a scheduled monument, could have connections to Ramsey Abbey and would have had fish ponds and a decorative moat.

Dr Bond said: “It is quite a complicated site. With all the flooding in the 1950s you could see the outline of the fish ponds from the aerial photographs.

“There has not been any recent work on the site since 1999. We are not going to excavate but observe the earthworks.

“We are going to be measuring the rise and fall of the earthworks.”

The project will also be running two introductions to archaeology with test pits on July 25 and 26 along with August 1 and 2. A Roman earthwork survey will be held on August 9 and a river journey on September 6.

The meeting point for Sunday’s event is Ali Dent’s Butchers at Sausage House, Stocks Hill.