Tadcaster and Rural is pleased to be part of the delivery team for the Old London Road project being led by Townton Parish Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We will be project managing the work and organising additional funding and events to add value to the dig and eventual resurfacing of the Road.
The archaeological excavations took place between Thursday 23 June and Monday 27 June 2016 on sections of Old London Road (now a public bridleway) starting at the Towton end. The work was managed by members of the University of York Archaeology Department. The project was directed by Tim Sutherland (Towton Battlefield Archaeology Project) and the excavation supervised by Rachel Wood and Paul Durdin.
There were a limited number of places each day for volunteers to assist by excavating the trenches (some prior experience preferable), sifting soil for artefacts, washing and categorising finds, helping with site safety and general logistics.
All volunteers that took part were directed by an experienced Archaeology Team Member and followed their guidance and instructions at all times, especially regarding safety. The dig operated between 09.00h and 16.00h between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th June.
Other events are planned as part of the project to explore this historic roadway and appreciate its role in the way our community developed through the centuries.
The Parish Council for Towton, Grimston, Kirkby Wharfe with North Milford is very pleased to be awarded the Heritage Lottery Fund grant as it will enable local residents and interested parties to learn more about the heritage of our locality and help preserve Old London Road for future generations so they can access the Towton Battlefield site and the beautiful countryside that surround us.