Look for an old settlement near Kelmscott Manor

Indie Jago, an archaeologist, digging a trench at Kelmscott

In the vicinity of William Morris' former country retreat, archaeologists are searching for signs of an ancient settlement.

Oxfordshire's Kelmscott Manor, close to Faringdon, was constructed sometime around 1570, but it's thought the larger settlement may have existed for much longer.

Cotswold Archaeology's three-year project has revealed evidence of a much larger medieval village.

A piece of Iron Age pottery was also discovered in the most recent investigations.

The front of Kelmscott Manor house
Kelmscott Manor was the summer home of designer William Morris during the late 1800s.

In the most recent stage, volunteers and researchers have started digging evaluation trenches around the village.

Archaeologist Indie Jago said: "It's really amazing for us, because we did test pitting here last year and we were finding that the medieval stuff was all to the west of where the church is today.   .

"These excavations are showing that the medieval village extended much further.

"We've got the continuing settlement to the west and lots of agricultural activity down to the south near where the manor is today. ".

Archaeological fragments laid out on a while table
Fragments unearthed in the first week include a piece of Iron Age pottery.

The dig has been funded by part of a £4.3m Heritage Lottery Fund award that has also paid for repairs to the manor house, garden renovations and new visitor facilities.

The attraction, owned by the Society of Antiquaries, reopened in April following the two-year revamp.

The Grade I listed, limestone farmhouse near Faringdon was built on the bank of the River Thames for farmer Thomas Turner and was originally called Lower Farm.

William Morris, whose fabric designs are still used on hundreds of products from wallpaper to crockery, rented the property from 1871 until his death in 1896.

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