Poulton Research Project

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Poulton Research Project
c/o Chapel House Farm
The Green
Poulton
CH4 9EE

Students

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.

Volunteers

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.

In light of the current Covid -19 outbreak the Poulton Research Project would like to advise that there are currently no plans to cancel our summer school for students.

We are, of course, monitoring the situation closely and listening to Government advice and recommendations.

In the meantime, your bookings are as you made them and your deposits are safe. We will not be requesting final payment until mid- May.

As we are in an ever-changing situation we will advise of further plans as and when they it may be necessary to make changes.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

History

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.

Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project Saturday 2 May 2020 at 10.00 am at the meeting room, New Dairy Farm, Chapel House Farm, Poulton. Please be advised that there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project at...

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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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Notice of the Annual General Meeting – 2nd March 2019

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project Ltd Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 10.00 am at The New Farm, Chapel House Farm, Poulton, Chester CH4 9EG Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Poulton Research Project Ltd will be held...

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Training Courses at Poulton, Cheshire 2019

The Poulton Project Archaeology Courses The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered during the search for a lost Cistercian Abbey,...

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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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TRAINING COURSES AT POULTON, CHESHIRE, 2018

THE POULTON PROJECT ARCHAEOLOGY COURSES TRAINING COURSES AT POULTON, CHESHIRE, 2018 The Poulton Project is a multi-period rural excavation 5 miles south of Chester, which has produced extensive evidence for 10,000 years of human activity. The site was discovered...

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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 Lord 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 fair...

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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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… 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.