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Thursday 7th March 2019 @ 7pm

Killerton Bygones
3 Houses, 2 Deerparks, 1 Family

An illustrated talk by archaeologist Dr Bryn Morris 

​South West Archaeology Ltd., monitored the repair of the Scheduled deer park pales at Killerton on behalf of the National Trust, and noted that while Killerton possessed two park pales, those pales only describe one half of a deer park. Analysis of LiDAR terrain data for the park revealed a wealth of information about not just the pales, but also a series of other earthwork monuments. One of these was a large quarry feature within Columb John Wood, the floor of which was covered in broken stone and brick rubble. The size and scale of the quarry matched the footprint of the grand house that the architect James Wyatt had been building for Sir Thomas Acland in the 1770s, a house that was never completed and the location of which had been lost. This summer South West Archaeology Ltd., supervised an earthwork survey and archaeological evaluation designed to determine whether this was indeed the site of the lost Wyatt House… 

Dr Bryn Morris grew up in mid Wales and came to Exeter to study Ancient History and Archaeology. He stayed on to complete an MA and PhD at Exeter, and started working for South West Archaeology Ltd., in 2006. Since that time the company has expanded from three employees to nine, and Bryn is now Director of the company. Bryn says he interested in most things archaeological – a symptom of development-led work – but is increasingly interested in historic building analysis. He lives in Exeter with his wife, a pottery specialist, and their two small children.

Tickets £5 each
or £44 for a Season Ticket to attend all 11 lectures in 2019 

To purchase tickets please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or office@dra.uk.net. 

Payment may be made in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the telephone and using our online terminal. When requesting tickets via email, please include your name, your telephone number and the number of tickets you require. You will receive a unique link to the online payment terminal to submit your details.

All lectures are held in the lecture room of the DRA, in the grounds of Shilstone House near Modbury. The car park is accessible from 6:30pm, when doors open, and free refreshments are available in the exhibition gallery. There is ample free parking, and blue badge holders can pre-book a space near the building.
Tuesday 12th March 2019 @ 2pm

Guided Tour of Shilstone House

Led by resident archaeologist Abi Gray 

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the South Hams countryside is Shilstone House, a family home with a remarkable and extensive history. The site, in the parish of Modbury in South Devon, contains an array of architectural and archaeological features representing almost 6000 years of human endeavour. At the heart of the site is Shilstone House, a former Domesday manor which overlays evidence of late prehistoric occupation. Formal gardens surround the dwelling and include lawns, terraces and a medieval walled garden as well as the only known seventeenth century Italianate water theatre and associated water gardens in the UK making the site nationally important.

This guided tour of Shilstone House and grounds will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes and will be followed by a cream tea at the Devon Rural Archive. Guests will explore the history of the site through its surviving archaeology and rare architectural features before seeing the results of a near fifteen year project to restore the house. There will also be a chance to view artefacts from the site in the exhibition gallery.

Tickets are £15 (includes a tea and cakes) and booking is essential. 

Payment may be made in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the telephone and using our online terminal. When requesting tickets via email, please include your name, your telephone number and the number of tickets you require. You will receive a unique link to the online payment terminal to submit your details. Payments are non-refundable.