The date for this year's Field Trip has had to be changed from 16 June to Monday July 10th.
The plans include a tour of Sherborne (Cathedral, Abbey Church and Parish Church) and a tour of Milton Abbey Church with the Abbot's Hall and other mediaeval rooms remaining within the 1770's house (exterior by Chambers, interior by Wyatt, gardens by Capability Brown)
We apologise, but additional services and wedding festivities in both buildings have altered and delayed the finalisation of our plans.
Details will be circulated as soon as they are available.
The Field trip is only open to members.
For Membership information please open the Membership page.
Monitoring the Glastonbury Lake Village groundwater levels
Phil Brewin has just received some initial data from our new groundwater level monitoring stations in the Glastonbury Lake Village (peat soil). Here is a link to the installation at the Lake Village:
These charts show the first month of data (October 2015), collected at 15min intervals using a pressure sensor and data logger. There is a bit more work to do to relate the ground water level to a known datum, and also add ditch water level data and rainfall data to the analysis, to allow us to compare groundwater levels with local ditch water levels and assess responsiveness to rainfall.
These initial data are reassuring as they confirm the loggers are working, and clearly show some important characteristic and differences between the clay and peat soils. For example, the peat soil groundwater is higher than the clay and much more responsive to rainfall. This is not unexpected, but it is still helpful to have the data to improve our understanding of groundwater levels in Somerset. The Lake Village data will be particularly useful in allowing us to assess the below ground water environment and the risk to the archaeology, which must be kept wet, during hot dry summers. Here's hoping we have a good summer next year for the sake of furthering our knowledge of groundwater hydrology in Somerset.
Paul Ashdown's talk A Certain Royal Island (Glastonbury, Abbey and Throne before the Normans) is now reproduced on a separate page (see list at left)
To see the 10 Glastonbury Drawings by Sheppard Dale
go to Artists, Witnesses & Plans and open
the page 1864 Sheppard Dale
Also extra on 1610 William Camden, 1825/6 Skinner & 1545 Leland for his description of Glastonbury
The Municipal History of Glastonbury
by the Rev. Preb. Grant R.D. (1904)
The Streets, Highways & Byways of Gastonbury in 1904
by J G L Bullied, the Society's founder
Street, William Strode & the Civil War
by W S Clark, 1904 Presidential Adress
When Was Glastonbury Abbey Founded?
latest thoughts by Stephen Morland when aged 90
XII Hides Terrier and Perambulations
by H Scott Stokes
Go to: LINKS / Society of Antiquries
for talks given at the 2013 Glastonbury Symposium