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Children in Crowcombe Discover the Story of Their Village

Find out how children investigated the heritage of their village in West Somerset.

The investigation begins...

Over a period of two days in March, children from Crowcombe CE VA Primary School in West Somerset worked with the Heritage Schools Programme to explore the heritage of their village.

With the support of their Local Heritage Education Manager the children first examined historical maps of the village, generating questions that they wanted to investigate. They spent the rest of the morning on a heritage walk in Crowcombe recording observations about local listed buildings and identifying unusual and interesting features of the village.

In the afternoon the children transcribed the 1901 census returns for Crowcombe, discovering details about the villagers such as their names, occupations and sizes of families.

Archaeologist Tony RobertsĀ from Archaeoscan working with children from Crowcombe Primary School
Tony Roberts, archaeologist from Archaeoscan works with children from Crowcombe Primary School to undertake a geophysical survey of Broad Meadow. © Historic England

Guiding future footsteps

The following week the children worked with archaeologist Tony Roberts from Archeoscan to undertake a geophysical survey of Broad Meadow in the village.

Their survey revealed an interesting shape not far from the surface which the children are hoping might be the remains of a medieval mill. Throughout the day the children also worked with Chris Jelley from Storywalks to create an online GPS-triggered heritage walk.

Children from Crowcombe Primary School create a graph from their geophysical survey readings
Children from Crowcombe Primary School create a graph from their geophysical survey readings © Historic England

Where can I find out more?

The children uploaded what they had found out about the village from their research over the two day project. It's now available as the Crowcombe Heritage Trail.

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