In May 2015, AGES AHA unearthed a quantity of broken bottle glass from a test pit in the front garden of the United Reformed Church in Church Road. The glass had a very definite embossed pattern and appeared to include the embossed word, “Hadleigh”.
Thanks to the continued support of Heritage Lottery funding, AGES AHA was able to extend this year’s project to a dig in the garden of the former Crown Inn. This followed an invitation from Castle Point Borough Council to research the site prior to the planned Hadleigh town centre redevelopment.
On Saturday, 27th June 2015, AGES Archaeological & Historical Association, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, was able to run what might have been the first ever archaeological “community dig” in Hadleigh.
On 13th and 14th May, under the direction of Dr Carenza Lewis for Access Cambridge Archaeology, 11 test pits were dug around Hadleigh seeking information about the development of the medieval village. AGES AHA dug 2 pits and acted as co-ordinators to find 9 local residents happy to have teams of 4 Southend Schools students digging a hole in their gardens over the 2 days. A day of sunshine was followed by a day which finished with heavy unrelenting rain.
On 11th February 2015, many local residents and others wishing to support the idea of local archaeological test pitting joined AGES Archaeological & Historical Association at a special meeting at St Michael’s Church hall in Daws Heath.