History of Castle Garth
Events And Activities
Images of Castle Garth and Cawood
The Project aims to raise awareness and investigate the archaeology, history and natural heritage of the site. The area is at the centre of the village and is an important amenity. The Cawood Castle Garth Group wish to raise awareness of the rich natural and built history of the area, which is the site of a medieval castle, the former palace of the Archbishop of York.
Access to the site has been improved and interpretation boards are being designed and will be erected later this year. The community has designed and produced a variety of leaflets about the Garth - for details please email us at the address below.
The group has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £22805.
2009 Dig - your chance to get involved!
The Cawood Castle Garth Group will be holding another dig from July 7th to 12th 2009. Anyone is welcome to join in on any of these days, and there are activities to suit all levels of activity and ability, whether you want to physically excavate earth or sort, label and photograph finds. If you would like to help please let us know which day you would like to come and the kinds of tasks you'd like to perform, so we can make sure we have space for you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See our latest Newsletter!
June 2009 saw the publication of our summer newsletter. To download it click on this link: 2009 Newsletter.
Recent events: Finds Day 2008 and Archaeological Dig!
June 7th saw us hosting Cawood Finds Day 2008 including a visit from the famous Cawood Sword. During National Archaeology Week in July we held our first supervised archaeological dig. - for further details see the Events page
We now have our own email address - simply send an email to cawoodCGG@googlemail.com
One member of the Garth Group, Mr Edward Croot, has taken a number of videos of the Garth and various activities upon it. These can be found by clicking on the following link. Garth Videos
Management Plan 2006
Before any work could be considered on the Garth, a detailed Management Plan had to be drawn up with the assistance of a number of experts in different fields.
Here is a link to the PDF of the Management Plan.
Bridge and Access Path 2007
To improve access for all to the Garth, a long-planned path and bridge finally came to fruition in 2007.
Notification that work was finally due to start after a long phase of consultation, planning application and other legal requirements.
First the bridge begins to take shape.
The main supports for the bridge are laid.
The carpenter working on the bridge.
Once the long supports were in place, digging began for the supporting pillars.
Once the base was in place work commenced on the structure above the walkway level.
Next the handrails were added.
A time capsule was buried underneath the bridge while the work was taking place.
The finished bridge prior to work commencing on the path.
A closer view of the bridge.
The Garth bridge the day before worked commenced on the path.
The workmen and Garth Group celebrate the completion of the bridge.
Margaret ponders the imminent construction of the path.
The Garth Group get to grips with marking out the location of the new paths.
The digger arrives and begins scraping away a few inches of topsoil from the pond end of the bridge.
The digger empties the discarded topsoil into a waiting dump truck, after the soil has been checked for any potential artefacts.
The digger progresses slowly along the path, here by the lime tree.
Part of the access works involved installing new gates at two of the Garth entrances. Broad Lane gateway was prepared first.
And the new Broad Lane gate is installed
The path was topped with tarmac scalpings, meaning that the edges would quickly be covered with grass and the effect softened - this picture shows the spur to the pond steps.
The path was completed quickly - this shot was taken just two weeks after work commenced.
The new path heading towards the Castle.
The new gate at the Thorpe Lane entrance to the Garth.
Four members of the Garth Group pose by the bridge after walking the new path for the first time.