Redcliffe Path Wins Award

The recently redeveloped Redcliffe riverside path, with its latest additions of three excellent interpretation boards, has won ‘Best Small Conservation Area: Britain in Bloom 2014’.

The first phase of the Trust’s project, the complete redevelopment of the path itself, was completed in the spring of 2013, but almost lost in the winter storms when the flood bank was badly eroded by exceptional flooding and severe gales. Only the hard work of the Trust and its volunteers saved the path and flood bank from total destruction.

The second phase, the installation of three information boards, was completed in early summer 2014, just in time to form part of the ‘Wareham in Bloom’ entry into Britain in Bloom. A more robust flood bank repair was completed by the Environment Agency in the autumn of 2014.

The photograph shows John Scott, Development Manager of the Trust, receiving the award from the Town Mayor of Wareham, Councillor Mrs Carol Turner, at a special ceremony in the Town Hall on 31st October 2014.

John Scott, Development Manager

Wareham & District Development Trust

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SAXON WALLS PROJECT: Info boards unveiled at site of Wareham’s ancient Saxon walls

THE Lord Lieutenant of Dorset has officially unveiled a series of information boards at the site of Wareham’s ancient Saxon walls.  Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers was joined by other dignitaries for the ceremony, which marked a milestone in the project to tell the story of the town’s 9th century earth walls.

Originally built to keep out marauding Vikings the walls’ rich history is intertwined with the Purbeck market town.

Seven of the information boards are dotted around the 1,200 metre length of the walls. Each tells the story of the spot on which it stands and its surrounding location – from Bloody Bank and ‘hanging’ Judge Jefferies, the Norman conquest and the anger of King John.

Wareham and District Trust development manager John Scott, who was instrumental in making the project a reality, said: “The whole idea of the interpretation boards alongside the walls had been discussed for many years, although perhaps not quite 12 centuries.

“To bring the dream of many people to a relative and colourful conclusion is a great achievement for which the whole community should be proud.”

Archaeologist and local historian Lillian Ladle wrote the story that each board tells, while the project was brought together by a partnership of English Heritage, Wareham and District Development Trust, the district and county councils and Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Mr Scott said: “Our Saxon walls are the best remaining example in the whole of the country and bring thousands of visitors from all over the world to our historic market town.

“For the first time in their history everyone who ‘walks the walls’ will be able to better understand what they are walking on, looking at and what has happened exactly where they stand.”

The project was largely funded by Viridor Credits with contributions from English Heritage and the two councils.

article written by the Bournemouth Echo


UPDATED PRESS RELEASE 30th August 2013

WAREHAM’S PAST TO BE UNVEILED BY THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DORSET

Wareham is famous for its monumental Saxon earth ‘walls’, constructed on three sides of the town in the 9th century by King Alfred to defend against Viking invaders.

The town’s history stretches back over 2000 years. It has been involved in a vibrant Roman pottery industry, was an imposing Saxon fortress, a medieval market town and busy channel port. Its development has been marked by devastating fire, royal bloodshed and civil war.

Now, some 12 centuries since the Walls were built, their story and that of the town’s colourful past is being graphically brought back to life on seven vibrantly illustrated interpretation boards along its 1200m length.

The boards have been installed alongside the ‘Wareham Walls Walk’ which follows the route of the Walls from the medieval Town Pound around the town and ending where the Walls are crossed by East Street. They will be officially unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, at a ceremony alongside the West Walls, Wareham, on Wednesday 2nd October at 11am.

Each board tells the story of the spot on which it stands and its surrounding location, from Bloody Bank and ‘hanging’ Judge Jefferies, Norman conquest and ‘transportation for life’, to Edward the Martyr and the anger of King John, and includes information on the wealth of surrounding wildlife. The story that each board tells has been written by archaeologist and local historian Lilian Ladle MBE, with illustrations created by local designer Maria Burns. The whole project has been brought together by a partnership of English Heritage, Dorset County Council, Purbeck District Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Wareham & District Development Trust, and has been largely funded by Viridor Credits with contributions by English Heritage, Dorset County Council and Purbeck District Council.

‘The whole idea of the interpretation boards alongside the Walls has been discussed for many years, perhaps not quite 12 centuries, and to bring the dream of many people to a creative and colourful conclusion, is a great achievement for which they and the whole community should be proud.’ says John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District Development Trust.

‘Our Saxon walls are the best remaining example in the whole of the country and bring many thousands of visitors from all over the world to our historic market town. For the first time in their history everyone who ‘walks the walls’ will be able to better understand what they are walking on, looking at, and just what has happened exactly where they stand.’

Following the unveiling the Lord Lieutenant will view the installation of the animal artworks in the Town Pound by the students of the Purbeck School, walk West and North Walls, visit the Saxon Church of St Martin to see the original wall frescos and effigy of T E Lawrence, before ending her visit at the Library and Discover Purbeck Information Centre to see how inspirational partnership working is breaking new ground in Dorset.

Contact details:

John Scott, Development Manager, Wareham & District Development Trust
01929 554236 Mob: 07971 029940 E-mail: john@wddt.org.uk

Helen Lilley, Senior Landscape Architect, Purbeck District Council
01929 557257 E-mail: helenlilley@purbeck-dc.gov.uk 

Maria Burns, illustrator & designer

01929 555056 E-mail: maria@mb-id.co.uk

Lilian Ladle MBE, archaeologist and local historian
01929 553144  E-mail: bestwall@tiscali.co.uk

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