Unearthing the history of Middlebeck

Archaeological investigations are required before any development can take place, so Urban&Civic as master developers for Middlebeck, invited a team of experts from Oxford Archaeology North to take the lead in the excavations and ensure that any findings were recorded and preserved.

Whilst Newark is a town rich in history, the team of excavators were not expecting to unearth the array of fascinating finds that have been discovered so far, which are believed to be some of the most significant in the country and indicate a long-lived and intensely occupied landscape.

At this point in time, these settlements have been identified with the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (c 2500-1500 BC), Middle to Late Iron Age (c 400BC-100 AD) and Romano-British (100-410 AD) periods. There are even elements that extend as far back as the Early Neolithic (4000-3500 BC).

Just a few of the discoveries made so far:

  • An extensive array of ditch-defined enclosures and field boundaries (possibly Middle to Late Iron Age)
  • Remains of almost a dozen round houses (Middle to Late Iron Age)
  • A barrow and cremation cemetery (possibly Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age)
  • Relatively well-preserved, clay-lined kilns (possibly late Romano-British or Early Post-Roman)

As an expansion of the public outreach work initiated during the first phase, the project has included a number of excavation visits by interested community groups, including the Newark & Nottingham Young Archaeologist Clubs and local archaeology and history groups such as the Farndon Archaeological Research Investigations (FARI).

The project continues to the west of Bowbridge Lane to prepare the site for the next phase of development.

With thanks to Dr. Adam Tinsley, Oxford Archaeology.

13th September, 2021

Today is Roald Dahl Story Day! Let your imagination run away with you... Will you be meeting the BFG, moving things with your mind or visiting a chocolate factory - get involved and have some fun on Roald Dahl Story Day https://loom.ly/36Iov8w

11th September, 2021

Are you looking for somewhere nice to brunch with friends? Pop into Gannets @Middlebeck_ to see the latest menu with seasonal treats, hot and cold drinks and cakes too! https://pic.twitter.com/ItyzGqWYMF

10th September, 2021

Thank you, @LindumGroup It’s great to see the school complete and most of all, great to see the school occupied with excited children ready to learn! #education #masterdeveloper #newark https://twitter.com/LindumGroup/status/1436293852332187651

8th September, 2021

Last week, we welcomed our very first pupils to Christ Church CofE Primary School. We also opened Bowbridge Square to the public so stay tuned for an opportunity to come and look around the new school #Newark #education #community https://pic.twitter.com/DChuS2lR8s

5th September, 2021

We're so excited to open our new school! The first term at Christ Church Primary School is now in full swing! Here is a sneak peak of the lovely new classrooms and corridors We'll be inviting you along to an open event soon so keep an eye out for details https://pic.twitter.com/ekyjWPBlKx

1st September, 2021

Officially open! Welcome to all the young people starting the new academic year at Christ Church CofE Primary School. Doesn’t the new sign look awesome? Bowbridge Square is also open to the public. Stay tuned for an opportunity to look around the new school, very soon. #Newark https://pic.twitter.com/QXTKsLz9Ir

31st August, 2021

Enjoy a good movie night? Why not check out the Nightflix Drive-In Cinema which is now running at Newark Showground. There's something for all the family so take a look at the listings https://loom.ly/8WlZwAw

29th August, 2021

Christ Church primary school is set to welcome its first pupils this September. Places are still available so if you are interested and want to find out more, contact 01636 680 051 or email: Office@christchurch.notts.sch.uk https://pic.twitter.com/8uoDbhD1eH

26th August, 2021

With building work now complete, we're excited to be opening Christ Church Primary School in a few weeks! Places are still available so to find out more, contact the school on: 01636 680 051 or email: office@christchurch.notts.sch.uk #Newark #School #Middlebeck https://pic.twitter.com/6ziwf8aBDE

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