Autumn Seminar 2022

Lidgate Archaeology Group presented its Autumn Seminar, 2022:

“A History Of Lidgate and its Surroundings Seen Through Field Walking and Metal Detecting Finds”

A talk by David Ellin showcasing the expertise and recent, exciting local finds of dectectorists David Ellin, Ray Crack and Albi Pinnion. Lidgate Village Hall, Saturday 15th October 2022.

A fascinating talk with artefacts and photographs of local finds from field walking and metal detecting were presented, ranging across thousands of years of civilisation in the area (particularly Roman). As well as the talk, new finds from Bury Lane were brought along (see photos).

All are very welcome at our events! LAG members: free entry. Non-LAG members, £2 on the door. Membership available for £10 per annum.

Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk

Lidgate’s new heritage walk, kindly supported by the Wills Trust, was officially opened with a large crowd in attendance on 24 September 2022.

Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Rupert Ponsonby from the Wills Trust begins the walk with a short talk about Catherine Wills and the work of the Trust
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Assembling at St Mary’s church
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Assembling at St Mary’s church to visit the first information board
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Anthony Foreman introduces the gatehouse and the remains of part of the ancient castle
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Enjoying the spectacular view from the second information board, near the site of Lidgate Castle
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Members of the Lidgate Archaeology Group, Bobby Bennett, Suffolk County Councillor and Mike Chester, Chairman of West Suffolk County Council, with the information board on Lidgate Castle
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Making our way around the site of Lidgate Castle
Lidgate celebrates the opening of the Castle and Dam Walk
Anthony Foreman explains the location of the dam next to the information board

On 24 September 2022, the Lidgate Castle and Dam walk was officially opened, with a large crowd of local residents and dignitaries in attendance to mark the occasion. The walk started at The Star, and the three information boards (located in St Mary’s church yard, overlooking the fields half way around the walk, and at the site of the dam) were visited, all with the benefit of glorious Suffolk autumnal weather.

Lidgate Archaeology Group would like to thank Rupert Ponsonby, who spoke about the work of the Wills Trust, Bobby Bennett, Suffolk County Councillor, and Mike Chester, Chairman of West Suffolk County Council for their interest and support for the new walk and our community in Lidgate.

Photo credits: Michael Wells, Lidgate Archaeology Group