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A short AGM was held prior to this interesting talk & slide show by Lyn Palmer. The project received Heritage Lottery & KCC Funding. Oxford Archaeology undertook a survey on the Park & Randall Manor. The old RAF camp near Inn on the Lake, now houses bat grills. Blades were found from the Mesolithic period and a large silted pond. There were hidden ponds for breeding fish for the Manor.

Sir Henry de Cobham may have lived at the Manor & has a Memorial tomb in Shorne Church.  His father split the estate between Cobham Hall and lands/Randall Manor and lands.
After the Manor went out of use, we don’t know when these items were found – glass, cooking pot, animal bones.

There was a 9 day dig in 2006 & Shorne Local History Group processed the finds. A Mortarium was found under a wall & a meed hearth near the A2, similar to that found at Higham Priory. A Mid 13thC or later pottery was found & a dogs paw mark from several hundred years ago.  In the coppiced area, logs were cleared with no vehicles on site.
During the dig, there were 2 schools per day/ groups, with 40 people on site surveying.

National Archaeology Weekend this year is 21/22 July 2007.  Mr Dockrill of Shorne excavated many years ago. The 1962 dig went well but questions still unanswered.
Lord Darnley etc dug in the 1940’s.

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