Village Hall update

LATEST UPDATE – August:

Village Hall is gradually reopening. Watch this space………!

Village Hall Produce Stall

Produce on sale from Ashford Gardens.

All money raised goes to the Open Gardens Fund (Village Hall and Church)

Morning Coffee is back!

Morning Coffee in the Village Hall

Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.00

Fresh Coffee and bakes

Roman Villa in Ashford Carbonell

In 1994, aerial photography carried out on behalf of the Royal Commission for Historical Monuments England (RCHME) revealed a cropmark in a field at the extreme southern edge of the parish (OS no. SO532693). This was interpreted as a winged villa of the Romano-British period with an associated aisled barn, within a courtyard. It overlies a single-ditched rectangular enclosure which could be either Iron Age or an earlier Roman structure. The site is near the existing lane which, until the mid-nineteenth century, was part of a through road from Ludlow via Steventon, Saltmoor and the main street of Ashford Carbonel to Little Hereford, and which is believed to be a very old trackway.
An amateur archaeologist from the Black Country (whose name I have forgotten) visited the site a few years later and alerted us to its existence, but too late for inclusion in my book! He found shards of pottery and tiles and I later discovered a few more bits. I later showed our finds to a member of staff of the Shropshire Museum Service, and was told that most of our collection was of orange Severn Valley Ware, a product of local origin. All the pieces were very worn, which made it difficult to identify any particular pot forms. There was also a fragment of Roman hypocaust tile which must have come from the villa itself. I was told that it was very useful to see some dateable objects to tie in the photographic evidence and was asked if I would donate the pieces. They are now in the Shropshire Museum Service (though not in Ludlow).
In the interests of good husbandry the surface of the site has now been cleared of “rubble”, so any remaining artefacts are well buried, below the level of cultivation. The field itself has been under the plough since 1940; before that it had been pasture for many years. For the moment it is sufficient to know that the site exists. It is not under threat of development of any kind, so not in need of a ‘rescue dig’.
Reference: Life and Death of a Roman City by R White & P Barker (Tempus Publishing). This contains a plan of the site.
Phyllis Ray

A Visit to Hereford Cathedral’s Hidden Gardens

The extensive set of hidden gardens at the back of Hereford Cathedral are not usually on public display but there are times when they are open. On a recent Wednesday afternoon we were so pleased to see them and also to hear various gems about the cathedral’s history on our way round.
Several years ago the gardens were gradually restored by a team of Friends of the Cathedral volunteers, many ‘gardening professionals’. Today these volunteers continue to provide TLC and also offer these illuminating tours on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm through the summer.
The Dean’s and the Bishop’s private gardens have the services of employed gardeners but our tour did include a wander through both gardens including lots of anecdotal tales of developments over the years.
This tour is a must, but probably you’ll have to wait until next year as the gardens close mid-September. May is the prime time, we were advised, but August seemed pretty good to us! It costs £5.00 and you just pay at the book shop. It’s a chance to support the Cathedral and a good way to spend a sunny afternoon – not sure how it is in the pouring rain!
Liz and Grahame Taylor