The Hanwell Castle Project, Oxfordshire

The Hanwell Castle Project, Oxfordshire

A five year programme of doctoral research centred on the remarkable Jacobean gardens at Hanwell Castle, Oxfordshire which featured a variety of water based special effects as well as a series of semi-industrial water mills. The 22 acre park was cleared in the late eighteenth century when the castle was partially demolished and the park turned over to farming.

Preliminary archaeological work has revealed considerable traces of the seventeenth century garden surviving. Volunteers are currently involved in detailed survey work of earthworks and the clearance and recording of existing structures and, during the summer months, will be taking part in excavations.

New helpers are always welcome and full training is supplied to volunteers. Details and contacts are on the project website at: http://www.polyolbion.org.uk/Hanwell/Project.html