Higham Ferrers Archaeology and Research Society

The Nene Valley offers a wealth of archaeology to be explored and we welcome both experienced archaeologists and beginners to share in a wide range of activities. Existing skills and knowledge are valued but we are also happy to support members as they take their first steps into the fascinating world of archaeology. 

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Our town

Higham Ferrers is a small market town in East Northamptonshire, close to the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire borders. Archaeological excavations between 1993 and 2003 found evidence of a Romano-British shrine complex overlooking the River Nene where Henry Chichele Primary School now stands, and on the other side of Kings Meadow Lane, a large Middle Saxon administrative site of enclosures and buildings.

The Castle is thought to have been built not long after the Norman Conquest in 1066. It suffered years of neglect in the fifteenth century and was finally demolished in 1523. A grass bank (image below) and pond are possibly the remains of the defensive earthworks and moat.

How our society was formed

The Higham Ferrers Archaeology and Research Society was formed in July 2008 after a proposal was submitted to the Higham Ferrers Town Council to instigate a geophysical survey and excavation of the Castle site which was subsequently approved, receiving the full support of the Inspector of Scheduled Monuments at English Heritage.

The Society continues to work towards this aim along with other activities like the Higham Ferrers Test-Pit Project and the Dig-for-a-Day training excavation in the town. We also organise speaker events and outings, and offer a warm welcome to new members.

What's new ...

HiFARS Chair, Olwen Mayes, talks about the excavations in the Duchy Barn Garden in Higham Ferrers. Video: www.smashedapple.com  

The next HiFARS talk is on Wednesday 29 April at 7.30pm in the Bede House, Higham Ferrers

Barton Seagrave: moated manorial site by Dale Munn

Images Header: A selection of metal finds from the Duchy Barn GardenFooter: Aerial shot of Higham Ferrers in 2020  (www.smashedapple.com)