Next Spinney Dig – Saturday 8 July, between 9.30 and 12 noon. All welcome.



On Saturday 8 July we’ll have another session of digging and clearing and preparation for the Open Day. Please join us for all or part of the time if you possibly can.  The Festival of Archaeology Open day itself, is on Sat 22 July, 10 till 3.

John Tolson has kindly prepared a trailer to show what we’ve been doing at Shrieve Cottages and attract people to come and look at the site on that day.


It would lovely to have some helpers at our next scheduled dig, so if you can spare some time on the morning of the dig, please come along and see what its all about, whether you just want to be nosey or if you have always wanted to have a go at a bit of archaeology. Please bring along a fork, spade or trowel and lots of energy and in return we will supply refreshments!

Please also remember to visit our Spinney display in Abingdon Library (1st floor: at the top of the stairs), including some observational drawing by our pupils.




May 2017

During our last two digs we have been very excited to finally uncover the remaining chimney structure, including the iron guards. The brickwork is stunning, and also includes more of the Harper & Moores named bricks from Stourbridge.






February 2017

We are still working very hard to continue our excavation towards the chimney stack. Amongst the bricks we have discovered a coin, which we will endeavour to clean up and let you know the specific details of the find.


November 2016


We were very excited during this dig, in our aim to clear the area from the room to the chimney, we have made some new and interesting finds. We have started to unearth finds of oyster shells, which have a history of being found at other archaeological sites in the area. We have also finally uncovered a red brick, of which we have found rather a lot, which holds a manufacturers mark.  



We are very lucky to have attached to the school a piece of land which was purchased by the “Friends of Sunningwell School” to provide us with an area for outside learning. The site used to house “Shrieve Cottage” which was demolished c.1943. It is our ultimate aim to provide the school with a raised platform area where lessons can be undertaken, however, first we wish to uncover the foundations of the cottage along with any archaelogical finds that we may come across to help us improve what we know about the cottage and the local area. We are priviledged to have the Abingdon Area Archaelogy and Historical Society help us with this huge task. Below are a few photos of the digs to date. Please contact us if you can help us in any way with this project.