Venue for lectures
Unless otherwise stated, all our lectures are held in
Oundle Methodist Church,
Drumming Well Lane,
Lectures start at 7:30pm, and a small charge of £2 per person is made for non-members.
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Probing Peakirk’s Past: The Archaeology of a Fen-edge Settlement
Friday, 04 May 2018, 7:30PM
Speaker: Dr Avril Lumley-Prior
Peakirk is a rural settlement on the western margins of Borough Fen, formerly in the Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, now in Cambridgeshire. The place-name is derived from St Pega, ‘England’s’ first anchoress, who reputedly founded a cell here in the early 800s. Whilst Peakirk’s history is well-documented from the eleventh-century onwards, archaeological evidence indicates that the area first was colonised by Neolithic folk and that there was almost-continuous activity in the heart of the present village from the Romano-British period onwards.
Dr Prior will tell Peakirk’s story through a combination of archaeology, architecture, cartography, topography, photographs and written sources. It also features the work of PAST (Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team), an independent, self-funding group, whose recent projects have included re-plotting the route of the Roman watercourse, the Car Dyke, dispelling the ‘tradition’ of a Romano-British villa, rediscovering ‘lost’ buildings and revealing more about Peakirk’s diverse and secret heritage.
Venue: Oundle Methodist Church.