Stotfold is older than you thought

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EVIDENCE of a pre-Norman settlement has been discovered during an archaeological dig.

Traces of the community, which is believed to have been in existence from the Bronze Age to the late Anglo Saxon period, were found during archaeological investigation prior to the construction of a new housing estate in Stotfold.

It is now known that people were living in the surroundings of what is now Stotfold long before the current settlement developed around the Norman church.

Duncan Hawkins, heritage consultant for CGMS, a company which undertakes heritage consultancy for the property industry, said: “The finds from the archaeological investigations have radically altered our understanding of the origins of the town and its development over time.”

The old settlement was located along 1.5km of a ridge in the land off Norton Road where Persimmon Homes Thames Valley is building the latest phase of its Trinity Manor development.

It began as a series of farmsteads and by the eve of the Norman Conquest it had evolved into a linear settlement along the ridge line with clusters of buildings.

After the Battle of Hastings in 1066 the town moved to its new location by the Norman church.

For the full story see the Biggleswade Chronicle of Friday, August 10.