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The Medieval lives OF COMMON PEOPLE

A joint project by Castleton and Hope Historical Societies 2012 – 2013

In 2012 Castleton and Hope Historical Societies received £26,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting new project to find out about the ‘hidden history’ of Castleton and Hope villages in the medieval period.  The project aimed to discover where the common people of the area lived and worked between the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Civil War in 1642. 

The project used documentary research to find old records “hidden” in the archives of the Record Offices; an archaeological dig in local gardens to find “buried” material goods, and a landscape survey of “lost” routes between the villages.

This booklet was published in July 2013 to describe the work which Hope and Castleton Societies achieved and was delivered free to every household in the two villages. Copies are now available via Castleton Museum and the two Societies or by downloadable PDF.

medieval life in the Hope Valley

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hhsdownloadpdfongreen This report contains the full story of our documentary research for the Medieval history of Hope and Castleton.
hhsdownloadpdfongreen This landscape report contains the full record of the exploration of old routes between Hope and Castleton which led to the earlier publication of a walking trail-guide between the two villages.
hhsdownloadpdfongreen In the summer of 2012 Hope and Castleton excavated around 50 testpits in village gardens. This report describes the event and summarises what we learnt from the finds. The full expert technical reports identifying pottery, glass, bones, clay pipes and other miscellaneous finds can be requested through this web-sites contact button.


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