DOWNHALL Ufford Archaeological Survey

Downhall was the largest house in Ufford in the 16th and 17th centuries.  At the time of the Hearth Tax in 1674 it had 12 hearths or fires, while its nearest rival, the Old Rectory, had only 9.  It was the home of 5 or 6 generations of the Quarles family.  The house was abandoned after the premature death of the last of the family in 1689.  We know from their wills that as well as the mansion house, there were barns, stables, dairy, brew house etc.

The buildings became ruined and the stones appear to have been carted away and re-used in Ufford and Bainton.  There are some stones and evidence of ditches and perhaps a moat.

We are looking for some volunteers to help us to dig some test pits.

These will be 1 metre square holes.  Who knows what we shall find?

There has never been an archaeological survey at Downhall so this is a unique opportunity.  No experience is needed.  We already have a team of experienced diggers and all the necessary equipment.  We hope there will be some volunteers to help us to explore this exciting site.

The dates are Saturday and Sunday February 23rd/24th.  Come for all or part of the time.

Please let me know if you are interested and I will send details shortly.

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