Historic Landscape Book Launched!

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Westbury sub Mendip Historic Settlement

Cheddar Gorge hosts launch of ‘Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills’ book

On Thursday 23rd July, Elaine Jamieson, the author of the new Historic England publication ‘Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills’ will be speaking at the launch event at Cheddar Caves.

Mark Bowden, Senior Investigator at Historic England, said: “This book explores the archaeology and architecture of this remarkable corner of England. It is the result of recent fieldwork undertaken by Historic England and traces this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) remarkable past, revealing ways in which it has shaped the landscape we see and value today. From the enigmatic ceremonial structures of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, ancient farming landscapes, brooding hill forts of the later prehistoric period, to the more recent settlements and farmsteads.”

The Mendip Hills AONB Partnership was involved in promoting the research project and part funded the publication. Local communities, history groups and societies assisted the research team. Many local people opened their homes and landowners gave access to the survey team.

Sarah Jackson, Mendip Hills AONB Manager said “We feel very fortunate and delighted to have this publication that explores both archaeological and architectural features in the landscape. Whilst the research was taking place many local groups also benefitted from the training courses the team ran including a geophysical survey week at East Harptree and staff also gave their time to giving talks. The information gained from the project together with this publication will help raise awareness of the importance of the landscape features and assist their future management.”

The morning event at Cheddar Caves is a presentation by Elaine Jamieson followed by short presentations on aspects of the history of Cheddar Gorge. In the afternoon there is a Historic walk around Cheddar. For further information see our Events page.
Or contact Mendip Hills AONB Unit 01761 462338