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Heritage Open Day: Visitors enjoy day out in Bishop's Stortford's Castle Park




Hundreds of history buffs visited Castle Park on Sunday (September 13) to learn more about its unique past.

The event in Bishop's Stortford was part of the National Trust’s Heritage Open Day campaign, which runs across England until September 20.

To play their part, the group Friends of Castle Park opened the gates to the Waytemore Castle mound, the remains of a Norman Conquest fortress.

The event, backed by East Herts district and Herts county councils, included fun trails and puzzles for children and exhibitions of finds unearthed in the park by experts from L-P: Archaeology.

They have been exploring a range of features to trace the settlement’s development over the centuries as part of plans to transform the open space with a £2m lottery grant.

The mound will become the centrepiece, with atmospheric lighting around the base of the fortress, protective capping of the surviving castle stonework – which was once 9ft (2.7m) thick – and clearing of vegetation. The hedge which cuts off the mound from the rest of the park is set to be removed.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Gregory Ault said: “The event went really well. Perfect weather for it and we had a steady flow of people visiting the mound throughout the day.

"The archaeologists were displaying some of the finds from the community digs over the last couple of years as well, which people seemed to find really interesting.”

To find out more about Friends of Castle Park, see, https://friendsofcastlepark.net/about .



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