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 was successful in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and received a £35,500 ‘Your Heritage’ grant and the project was also supported by Calstock Parish Council.
Over the following two years, local people attended a series of free training days and took part in activities including a 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!”
The project was completed at the end of 2012. An exhibition ‘Uncovering the Past’ was held at the Tamar Valley Centre throughout January 2013 and over 300 people visited. The themes are outlined below. Please note that we are having technical issues with the interactive map and some of the reports but hope to make the information available as soon as possible.
Calstock 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 and an Assessment Report was completed.
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…
Dr Chris Smart has written an downloadable information booklet about the discovery of the 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 (Tamar Valley AONB 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.
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 was 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.
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.
Some of the projects continued into 2013, through the enthusiasm of our volunteers. The research into the historic routeways was completed along with analysis of the historic data and walking the footpaths to think about their management and condition. (this project was run in conjunction with Calstock Footpaths Society, Calstock Local History Society and Calstock Parish Archive).
If you would like to find out more about any of the above projects, please contact the Tamar Valley AONB office