Calstock Parish Heritage Project

National LotteryThis project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Calstock Parish Council.

The Calstock Parish Heritage Project was initiated in 2010 to encourage the local community to understand and engage with their landscape heritage. Tamar Valley AONB were successful in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and received a £35,500 ‘Your Heritage’ grant.

Over the following two years, local people have attended a series of free training days in , geophysical survey, field walking, building identification, and more! A major part of the project was a community archaeological dig  at the site of the Roman fort on Church Hill, Calstock in October 2011. Twenty volunteers took part, and it was noted by one as “the best thing I have ever done!”

CPHP Exhibition webNEW copyThe project was completed at the end of 2012.  An exhibition ‘Uncovering the Past’ was held at the Tamar Valley Centre throughout January 2013.  Over 300 people visited, so thank you to all who came and got involved!

Click below to find out more about the different areas of this project:

(Please note that links open in a new window and Adobe Acrobat reader is required for some of the pages; download it here)

ROMAN FORT EXCAVATION

A major archaeological excavation of the Roman Fort at Church Hill, Calstock in October 2011 provided a group of volunteers with hands-on experience whilst learning about the historic development of the area. The Assessment Report has now been completed and it can be read or downloaded here.

Footage from the community dig has been edited and complied into a short film, including feedback from some of the volunteers and interviews with Chris Smart. You can watch it below…

Chris Smart has written an information booklet about the discovery of the fort. Unfortunately we have completely run out of free copies of the booklet, but it is available to download by clicking here.

Fort booklet

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Unveiling the interpretation board at Calstock Roman fort

An interpretation board has been installed near St Andrew’s church. A group of local people attended the unveiling on the 26 January 2013, including Hilary Bracegirdle (HLF Committee Member), Dorothy Kirk (Calstock Parish Councillor) and Sam Barnes (TVAONB Project Officer.

INTERACTIVE HERITAGE MAP

The Calstock interactive heritage map provides information on where archaeology is located and provides the opportunity for people to add their own special places and local knowledge. You can visit the map by clicking here. Instructions on how to use the map are now available as a downloadable document which you can save to your computer or print out here. We have also put together some information about what the different parts of the map mean; view it here.

FIELDWALKING 

Fieldwalking poster2In March 2011 Eloise Kane and Penny Cunningham ran a field walking training event near Metherell. Find out more by clicking here; and you can read or download the report here. The finds from the event are available to view at the Tamar Valley Centre. We are running a two-day fieldwalking event on the 28 & 29 September 2013 on the Cotehele estate. More details below. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We hope to reschedule to a date before the end of the year. 

 

 

GEOPHYSICS at COTEHELE

In July 2011 Tamarside Archaeological Survey directed two sessions of geophysical investigation within the historic deer park on the Cotehele estate. The report is now available to read or download here.

 

 

 

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS

This refined analysis of the landscape of Calstock Parish, drawing together previous research and reports and looking at the landscape with fresh eyes has just been completed. We will use this work to inform our AONB management plan and also as a basis for new historic research projects in Calstock Parish and the wider valley area. Read the report here. The maps will also be added to our Interactive Heritage map.

LOOKING FORWARD

Although the project has now finished, its legacy will continue through this website. Copies of all the project reports and other products are also held at the Tamar Valley AONB offices and Calstock Parish Archive.

The Uncovering the Past exhibition is available for anyone to have at their venue or event. Next venue: The Old School, Stoke Climsland – Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2013, 10am-5pm. Free entry. Refreshments available on the Saturday. TVAONB Project Officer Sam Barnes will give a talk on the project at 2.30pm on the Saturday. All are welcome!

Some of the projects will continue into 2013, through the enthusiasm of our volunteers. The research into the historic routeways of Calstock Parish has been completed. Find out more about it here. This year we will be analysing the historic data and walking the footpaths to think about their management and condition. (this project is running in conjunction with Calstock Footpaths Society, Calstock Local History Society and Calatock Parish Archive).

KEEP IN TOUCH!

Keep checking back here and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @TVAONB and like us on Facebook to get the latest news and information on opportunities. We are also running historic environment projects through Cordiale – why not take a look at our dedicated project pages?

To know more or find out about any of the above projects,  please contact Samantha Barnes (Historic Environment Project Officer): sbarnes@tamarvalley.org.uk or call 01822 835032.