June 2016

Archaeology Event
HEFA Test Pits digging in Sawtry in conjunction with Cambridge University Higher Education Field Archaeology Dept took place in Sawtry on the 8th and 9th June.  


 New Archaeological Project 


The History Society undertook a Geophysics project this summer to find out more about the Cistercian Abbey of St Mary at Sawtry and the deserted medieval village of Sawtry Judith. Although much research has been done over the years by local archaeologists, then after it became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1954, by English Heritage now known as Historic England and more recently by members of the History Society, there are still many gaps in what we know about the Abbey site which was founded in 1147 and the village settlement with the church of St Mary's. The village of Sawtry Judith was recorded as a land holding of Countess Judith in the Domesday Book, written in 1086, so the church and village settlement pre dates the Abbey. Historic England are keen to know more about the Abbey Site and the Medieval village and would like us to help them fill in some of those gaps. We are currently researching both the Abbey site and the medieval village and would be pleased to hear from anyone who may have any information regarding these.  



Sawtry History Society held an exhibition "1916 to 2016 - A Hundred Years of Local History" in the Old School Hall on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th as part of the Feast Week celebrations.  There were several exhibits of Local History from that time including The Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which some villagers participated in and whose names are on the war memorial, Local Archaeology, a collection of school and sports events photos from various times, Local Village History, Family History and The Hunts Cyclist Battalion.