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The next lecture

The next lecture ‘meeting’ will be held on
Monday 13th September 2021 by Zoom at 7:15pm for 7:30pm start
New Discoveries in West Essex by Maria Medlycott
Senior Historic Environment Consultant Essex County Council

Non-members welcome – for details contact membership@weag.org.uk


Imminent publication of a book on Old Copped Hall

WEAG together with the Copped Hall Archaeological Project are to publish a book by Norah Carlin about the Old Copped Hall.

Norah has revisited the original documents in her research to reach the real story. Her ability to read Norman French came in very handy for this research. Norah is a retired history lecturer and a member of WEAG. The book covers the people who lived at the Old Copped Hall and their lives from 1258 until its demolition in the 1750s. It was replaced by the nearby Georgian Mansion which is currently being restored.

Old Copped Hall was owned and/or lived in by some interesting people, including King Henry VIII and his daughters Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I. The book is about 160 pages wit h about 60 illustrations.

The paperback book will be available in October at an ‘early bird’ cost of £17.99.

To reserve a copy or copies email weagbook@outlook.com


Free Popup Exhibition on Saturday 25th September 2021 10am – 4pm

The exhibition will look at recent archaeological excavations which took place at the Holy Family Catholic School on the site of Vinegar Alley, a medieval footpath linking the Church of St Mary to Shernhall Street, Walthamstow. Archaeologist have found evidence of occupation and farming over 3,000 years. They found a range of structures on the site, including Bronze Age roundhouse, four Roman age farm buildings and a medieval field system.

The exhibition takes place at The Mill (living room), 7-11 Coppermill Lane E17 7HA 10am-4pm. Free and tickets are not required. For further information click: here


WEAG back at Copped Hall

Following an break caused by the Covid-19 virus, WEAG has returned to Copped Hall with a short dig covering the 29th and 30th August 2021. Work was carried out in a couple of locations at Copped Hall.

A report on this activity is given in the September issue of the WEAG Newsletter. Click here to read it. (This opens in a new tab)


Past Activities

A summary and photographs of the activities can be found in the Copped Hall Archaeology 2018 Report.

The Experience Weekend of 2017 provided an introduction to Geophysics techniques – a report on the Geophysics techniques and results is available to view.

A report on the Experience Weekends and Field Schools in 2018 is available to view.

Archaeology Experience Weekend – gift to friend

Are you looking for a different sort of gift for a friend or relative? Then why not treat them to an Archaeology Experience Weekend in July for only £60. Vouchers are now available. To purchase them please contact our Treasurer.