The 2022 BGAS Presidential Visit

The Landscape Context of the Anglo-Saxon Churches of Deerhurst

Saturday, 1st October commencing at 10.30 am.

Meet at Uckington and Elmstone Hardwicke Village Hall, Uckington, GL51 9SR

After coffee at Uckington and Elmstone Hardwicke Village Hall, we will begin with Elmstone Hardwicke church, which contains part of a 9th-century stone cross, arguably erected to commemorate the death in battle in 802 of Ealdorman Æthelmund, a patron of Deerhurst. The site of the church became significant in a variety of ways in the wider landscape of Deerhurst.

We will then head for Apperley, the village in which the bulk of the inhabitants of the parish of Deerhurst have always lived. At Apperley we will visit the lost site of Plaistow (now Apperley Green), a hundredal meeting place and play place, together with the nearby brick chapel of Apperley built in the 1850s by Henry Eustatius Strickland of Apperley Court with an unusual liturgical arrangement.

After lunch we will visit the recently discovered hermitage called Anchor Church, located beside the causeway leading to the Haw Bridge river-crossing. We will then head to Deerhurst itself, where we will look at the site of some of the lost buildings of the medieval priory and of the notoriously disreputable fair of Deerhurst and consider the development of the village and its riverine setting.

The cost of the visit will be £19 pp. This will include:

  •  Coffee and biscuits at Uckington village hall
  •  Ploughman’s lunch with hot drink or juice at Apperley village hall
  •  Tea and cake at Priory Farm, Deerhurst

To book, please make payment of £19 pp. to the Treasurer, Bill Evans, either by BACS to :

Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
Acc. no. 00196460
Sort code: 20 – 13 – 67
Ref.: Visit.

Or by cheque made out to Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society and posted to the Treasurer – W Evans, 5 Parrys Grove, Bristol BS9 1TT.

Please note that to enable us to finalise catering arrangements, your booking will need to have been received by Friday, 23rd September. Also, for organisational reasons, the visit is limited to 40 places. Early booking is advised!

The outing involves a number of journeys, and the use of a car or other vehicle is essential. If you would like to come but do not have access to a vehicle, please contact Michael Hare and he will do his best to put you in touch with someone who can provide transport. Contact details: Email:; Tel: 01452-417747

We are hoping that the visit will be fully accessible. All our catering stops are accessible and have toilets. There are a small number of steps in the churches, but ramps can be put out. Please let Rob  know if you would like us to arrange this: Email; Tel: 0117 924 0333

Dietary needs: if you have special dietary needs, please let Rob know (email address above) and we will see what we can do.
If the weather is inclement on the day, the visit will go ahead but the talks will be in the churches of the respective locations.

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