Sunday, 24 July 2011
Researching The Past Heritage of Sherwood Forest
Our project focuses on the local heritage of the Forest of Birklands and the Viking age site of Thynghowe which is contained within a 5km by 4km area along the western edge of Sherwood Forest.
Using an original 1816 Warsop Lordship Boundary Perambulation document we have rediscovered a lost local heritage. Included in this document is reference to the ancient custom of assembly on Hanger Hill(Thynghowe) and forms the basis of our intangible cultural heritage research.
The tangible heritage includes a possible Bronze Age burial mound, a Saxon Moot with Viking Assembly(Thynghowe), Forest and parish boundary marker stones, a 13th century chantry, a 19th century water meadows scheme, centuries of woodland management features and World War II archaeology. Researching the written archives could provide information to support the physical archaeological evidence and provide new knowledge.
As a result of our research Thynghowe is now included on the English Heritage National Monuments Record. We now need to collect more evidence to ensure that it becomes protected as a Scheduled Monument. This process has been supported by a topographical survey of the top of Thynghowe carried out by Nottinghamshire County Council Archaeologists and a survey undertaken by the University College London as part of the Landscapes of Governance Project.