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Digging into the History of Sandwich

A chance for you to take part in an archaeological dig in Sandwich!

Volunteers are being sought to take part in an excavation from 15–25 June.

The dig is funded by the Coastal Revival Fund as part of a project involving Dover District Council, the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Sandwich Town Council to learn more about medieval Sandwich.  The project aims to learn more about the activity of the Whitefriars, who were Carmelite Friars and whose Friary pre-dates both the ancient town walls and town ditch. The dig will help to confirm whether or not the grounds of the Friary extended into what is now the Cow Leas Meadow.
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The dig will complement other ongoing history projects related to the Sandwich Friars. The Sandwich Heritage Group will be hosting a free talk at the Sandwich Guildhall on 8 June at 7.30pm and invite anyone who would like to learn more about any of these projects to come along. The talk will involve our own Keith Parfitt who will be leading the dig on the Cow Leas Meadow, and the talk will review the current state of research on the Whitefriars and the rediscovery of the convent well at Woodnesborough.

If you would like to volunteer either phone Dover District Council on 01304 872274 or email:

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