The Future of Sherwood’s Past

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Logo


St Edwin’s Chapel

Mercian Archaeological Services Community Archaeology The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project
Home About us Services Testimonials Projects Publications Staff Contact 
Sherwood Forest History

Click on the image below to see the project blog:

Robin Hood Town Tours
Info 4 Groups Talks and Tours Experience Days Heritage Bus Tours Field Schools Sherwood Forest Notts 1000 Shop

Visitors since 7th November 2013

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Community Archaeology in the East Midlands,

 Community Archaeology Nottinghamshire, Excavation, Research, Volunteering, Community

    Archaeology Derbyshire, Training, Social, Learning, Community Archaeology Leicestershire,

    Heritage, Involvement, Belonging, Knowledge sharing, Community Archaeology Lincolnshire,

    Topographic Survey, Talks and Presentations, Outreach, Archaeology Projects , Open

    Days, Schools, Finds Processing, Day Schools, Field Schools, Young People, Archaeology

    and History of Sherwood Forest, Pottery Research, Medieval, Roman, Prehistoric, Community

    Interest Company, Community Archaeology Nottinghamshire.

Community Archaeology in Nottinghamshire

Community Archaeology in Derbyshire

Community Archaeology in Leicestershire

Community Archaeology East Midlands

Community Archaeology in Lincolnshire

© Mercian Archaeological Services CIC 2013.                           Registered Business No. 08347842.                                All Rights Reserved.

In 1201 King John paid an annual stipend of 4 shillings to the hermit of Clipstone who sang in St Edwin's Chapel in Birchwude (Birklands Wood).

The chapel at that time was part of the landscape of Royal Deer Park and Palace of the King's Houses (now known as King John's Palace) that were the royal heart of Medieval Sherwood Forest.

The location of the chapel was marked on the 1630 map of Clipstone made by William Senior of William Cavendish Earl of Newcastle.

The location is now marked on the ground by an iron cross erected in 1912 by the Duke of Portland.

It is believed that the chapel may well be significantly older than the earliest recorded reference from the reign of King John.

In the year 633AD; Edwin the recently converted Christian King of Northumbria was killed at the Battle of Heathfield by Penda King of Mercia and his Welsh allies.



Funding for this years first stage of fieldwork including fieldwalking and geophysical survey was part funded by donations from local company Only Solutions LLP. We would like to thank our kind sponsors who are part of the community of Sherwood Forest and who work to support this fantastic community and landscape.

Feedback from the project sponsors:


“Only Solutions LLP are proud to announce our part sponsorship of the Fieldwalking and Geophysics at St.Edwins Chapel this week. Wonderful research whose time has come. We encourage local businesses and community groups to consider sponsoring the Sherwood Archaeology Project... making a future for Sherwood’s amazing past.


Thanks Mercian Archeological Services CIC for rooting your energy in our Landscape.


This project was part sponsored by kind donations from:

Only Solutions LLP

Park Properties Ltd

Fieldwalking was undertaken by Mercian and volunteers at the site of St Edwin’s Chapel in Sherwood Forest in August 2014.

The fieldwork was designed to investigate a number of key research questions, and was a free community event to anyone wishing to come and be involved in researching this excellent and mysterious site.


St Edwin's Chapel Cross Sherwood Forest

Although listed as being in Doncaster there is much evidence that the battle was in the Hatfield area around the village of Cuckney 3 miles to the north of this cross. Hatfield was the western division of the Wapentake of Bassetlaw, which made up the northern part of Nottinghamshire and included parts of Sherwood Forest.

There is also the neighbouring village to Clipstone; Edwinstowe which is believed to translate as the Holy Place of St Edwin.

Did this site belong to an earlier cult of St Edwin, who died in battle in these parts 1380 years ago?

The cross can be visited via footpath along the northern boundary of Clipstone parish.

Saint Edwin's Stone marking the chapel in Sherwood Forest

Picture: Inscribed stone at St. Edwin’s Chapel, Clisptone, Sherwood Forest

Results will appear here as they become available…

   

Award Winners 2016

for "Engaging people in the heritage, history & archaeology of Sherwood Forest".

Official Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project T-Shirt for just £9.99 +p&p

Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project T-Shirt Sherwood Forest Archaeoogy Project Mug

Official Sherwood Forest Archaeology Project Coffee Mug for just £8.50 +p&p


World-wide Robin Hood Society

Robin Hood Society Feather in Your Cap Award 2016


 Project page links:

-------------------------------

 Project Home page

-------------------------------

 About the Project

-------------------------------

 Funding the Project

-------------------------------

 Project Partner Organisations

-------------------------------

 Project Sponsors

-------------------------------

 Robin Hood Challenges

-------------------------------

 Fieldwork

-------------------------------

 Research

-------------------------------

 Finds Processing

-------------------------------

 Bus Tours - Outreach

-------------------------------

 King John’s Palace

-------------------------------

 Robin Hood’s Village

-------------------------------

 Thynghowe

-------------------------------

 Battle of Hatfield

-------------------------------

 St Edwin’s Chapel

-------------------------------

 Clipstone Village Dig

-------------------------------

 Medieval Sherwood Map

-------------------------------

 Media

-------------------------------

 Links page

-------------------------------

 About Sherwood Forest

-------------------------------

 Forest Law

-------------------------------

 Why Sherwood Forest?

-------------------------------

 Boundaries of Sherwood

-------------------------------

 Landscape of Sherwood

-------------------------------

 Outlaws & Villains

-------------------------------

 Stories from the Forest

-------------------------------

 Bibliography

-------------------------------