Bective excavations Blog

Day 9 – A Field Trip to the Bective Granges
July 18, 2010, 6:59 pm
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Thursday is our half-day on the site as we break at lunch for out weekly field trip. But before the break, in cutting 4 Paula found six plough pebbles while sieving the burnt medieval deposits. At lunch time we had a lecture from Geraldine on the Cistercian granges associated with Bective Abbey, then we began our field trip. Today we were extreme archaeologist mounting up serious amounts of RTA (rough tough archaeologist) points by walking for miles in a torrential downpour. First we visited the ringfort overlooking Bective Abbey, this could have been the farmstead of the man who granted the land to Bective Abbey. Next we went into Bective Estate where we looked a Clady Church, a church associated with the grange. Although extremely overgrown, the masonry contains portions of the abbey’s cloister. An attempt to enter the Clady souterrain proved unsuccessful. The last stop of the day was a visit to the mill at Bective now owned by Oliver Delaney. This mill is probably on the site of the monastic mill mentioned in the 1540 extents. Oliver gave us a wonderful tour of the mill in which all the working parts survive. He very generously provided a barbecue for the entire team. The hot food was a life saver after the long wet journey. There was a bit of a sing-song to end the evening’s events.

The team tramp their way through the Bective Estate on their way to visit Clady Churchyard.

Oliver Delaney at Bective Mill.


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