Poulton Research Project

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Poulton Research Project
c/o Chapel House Farm
The Green


We have run courses at Poulton for nearly 20 years now. They have been very well received and the vast majority of people who have attended would recommend them to others and come again.


On our volunteers' page, you will find the answer all of your questions about volunteering at Poulton. We are not asking you to simply wash pots or move spoil. Within hours of your arrival on-site we expect you to be excavating serious archaeology.

What Our Students Say

We have a very high satisfaction rating from our course attendees (the details for the latest 2013) season are here). Everyone who has attended over the last 4 years would recommend us to others and would come again.

COVID-19 Statement.

The site has now reopened and operating with covid measures in place.

All access to the site needs to be agreed in advance in order to ensure the control of numbers and appropriate social distancing is maintained.

If you are an existing volunteer wanting to come to site or interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Paul Naylor

The site will also be running fieldwork courses during August this year. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Dr Kevin Cootes for more information.


The Poulton Project – Registered Charity Number 1094552

The Poulton project was incorporated as a charity on August 7th 2002. the incorporation statement is: To further the education of the public in archaeology, history and architecture  of a multi-period landscape in Chester hinterland known as The Poulton project  and to promote and foster public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of archaeology generally.


In 1995 the Poulton Project started with an interest in developing a multi-period archaeological landscape investigation in the Chester hinterland. The hope was to find a settlement that was archaeologically rich over several periods, and set in a landscape accessible to investigation. The chapel site at Poulton more than fulfilled these needs. The history and origin of the chapel were scarcely known, yet it had a close connection with the last Cistercian Abbey of Poulton. Although the Abbey was removed in the 13th century, the Cistercians continued to dominate and shape the landscape around Poulton until dissolution in 1534. In addition to the medieval archaeology, an initial evaluation in 1995 revealed unexpected evidence for Roman and prehistoric occupation. It has since been confirmed that at least two Roman buildings exist, one of which is very substantial, producing numerous brooches, coins etc. Establishment of the nature of this occupation and of possible continuity to the medieval period remains a main research objective at the site.

Latest News

You can see some of our recent news here and also find articles written in the past but still of relevance today.

Notice of AGM 2021

Notice of AGM 2021

The Poulton Research Project The Trustees of the Poulton Research Project do hereby give notice of our Annual General Meeting which will take place on Thursday February 18th 2021 at 19:00 . Due to the current Covid restrictions the meeting will take place via zoom. If...

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Investigating Burials

Investigating Burials

During the 2018 season the Poulton student field school continued to investigate the burials of a medieval farming community interred within the Chapel graveyard. We uncovered multiple skeletons buried in the classic Christian manner, with the head placed at the west...

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Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society

Contents of the Journal Obituaries 1. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE,TD, CD, DL 2. Dr Alistair (Sandy) Campbell JP Book reviews 1: Rowan Patel The windmills and watermills o f Wirral: a historical survey - Roy Coppack 2: Susan...

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Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society

Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society Volum e 86 for 2016 Papers relating to the Architecture, Archaeology and History of the County, City and Neighbourhood of Chester Edited by PETER CARRINGTON with Janet Axworthy, Dan Garner and Alan Williams Chester 2017 To...

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The latter years of Poulton Chapel

Those who have been to Poulton will know that  Poulton Chapel became home to Sir William Brereton's troops during the English Civil War when they were billeted at  the Chapel. It would not have been used by the local population during this time and it's likely that a...

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Nature at Poulton

Whilst walking through the maize stubble on my way to site today I came across this Lapwings nest . As you can see it contains a clutch of 4 eggs. We'll have to be careful where we put our feet, it probably wont be the only one.

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Osteology Update

Meet Rea who will be assisting us at Poulton this summer. She is seen here recording the mortal remains of a 35 - 40 year old (estimated) female in the grave at her feet. She is a very talented young lady and the students will benefit hugely from her skill and...

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Swiss Army Knife vs. Stone Age Flint

Here we have a piece of Mesolithic flint 10,000 - 4,000 BC, worked by one of our ancestors to assist him with his daily life.Also pictured is my Swiss Army pocket knife, which assists me when I'm out on site. There's no comparison we might think, how could there be ?...

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… a lot of archaeological techniques in a short space of time

Didn’t make us feel stupid when we didn’t know something .

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If you would like to get involved or find out more, please do get in touch with us.