The Great British SUMO Survey…The Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the two lucky winners for the professional and amateur categories of The Great British SUMO Survey

Professional Category:     Rochester Cathedral, Medway, Kent. 

Submitted by Cathedral Archaeologist Graham Keevil,, on behalf of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral.

A recent watching brief in and around the cloister revealed significant evidence for what appears to have been the first Norman cloister at Rochester Cathedral. These remains are believed to belong to a cloister laid out by Bishop Gundulf in the late 11th century. The main aim of the survey is to discover the full extent of this cloister, and its relationship (if any) with the former Roman city wall. There is also potential to understand more about the development of the cathedral in the post-Norman periods, along with other archaeological remains including the cloister lavatorium, the west and east (dormitory) cloister ranges and whether the full plan of the Prebendal House built in c.1805 can be ascertained.

Amateur Category:
Long Crendon Manor, Buckinghamshire  

Submitted by Tim Soar on behalf of Long Crendon Manor

The Manor of Long Crendon was given to Walter Giffard, Lord of Longueville, by William the Conqueror in 1066 for his support at the Battle of Hastings. It is widely believed that the Giffards built a significant castle somewhere in the village.

Local historians agree that William Marshal (1147-1219 - First Earl of Pembroke) would have taken over any significant fortified property when the lands came to him. William Marshal, known as 'The Greatest Knight', was one of the 25 barons to force King John to put his seal on the Magna Carta. However, before the Marshal line died out, the family fell dramatically from grace and around 1233 Henry III ordered all their lands to be forfeit and their properties to be destroyed. (Tim Soar, Long Crendon Manor).

SUMO will be surveying a field just beyond the current manor house to ascertain if the remains of the castle exist. Buckinghamshire County Council have records stating that an old aerial survey identified evidence of significant ground works in this area and stone remains have been discovered when a new drainage pipe was laid.

The surveys will be conducted over the coming weeks and look forward to sharing the results!