2017 January - 2 members attended the trial Human Remains Course in Lutterworth. We hope to have our own course for those members involved in excavations soon.

2017 January - 2 members attended a tour of the large mostly Roman period excavation being carried out by ULAS between Highcross Street and Vaughan Way prior to development. See details on ULAS News website.

2016 November - Annual feast for members.  See our Facebook page.  Usual excellent food produced by our own hard working chefs.

2016 September - sad news of the death of Liz, one of our key members.  Liz looked after this website.  We will endeavour to keep up the good work.

2016 July 30-31 - BRR/16/2 Excavation.  See Report on this website under Bowden Ridge Research/Digs on the Ridge.   The Roman period horned bull’s skull and the pottery (much of it Roman) spent some time at Leicester University being looked at and identified.

2016 June 29 - Annual group outing to Lyveden New Bield.  Excellent tour but very wet weather - see our Facebook page for more, including photos.

2016 June 12 - BRR/16/1 Excavation.  See Report on this website under Bowden Ridge Research/Digs on the Ridge.  Small number of finds, including an early Roman jar rim and new members joined the team.

2016 June 1 Magnetometry at St Mary in Arden  The weather was cold but dry and more like early spring but at least it was dry and 5 members of the group joined 2 members from Hallaton Fieldworkers and helped with the magnetometry survey of most of the churchyard area. We will compare the results with our own resistivity survey done in 2004.  It was even colder then but it was November!  We were very impressed with the speed of the survey compared to our own efforts.  

 After discussion we found we probably had been given the grids from the original resistivity survey in 2004 orientated in the wrong direction and adjusted them, made more sense of the read out.
See St Mary in Arden Geo phys. on this website.

2016 May 15 - GBO/16/38 Last pit under the CORS project on Middle Green Great Bowden.  See photos etc. on our Facebook page.Lovely day, good company and a special 80th birthday to celebrate.  But the pit got very full of immovable objects and reduced our ability to excavate to a small corner.  Any ideas why a large lump of lime mortar  (and it extended well beyond the pit) found its way under the lawn?  The existence of the plastic drainage pipe was also unknown to
the house owners. 



2016 April - The Lighthouse that never was......     As part of our research into the history of Bowden Ridge we have been asking people if they remember a beacon on top of the hill near to Burnmill Road.   Our source of this information was Ordnance Survey Sheet SP78 1:25000 published in 1954.  

The symbol looked very similar to a lighthouse but of course not in Market Harborough and so we thought maybe it was a beacon warning aircraft of the hill on their approach to the wartime airfield near Gartree Prison. However a member of the group with good eyesight pointed out that it is a combination of OS symbols.  The hachures marking the earthworks of the old reservoir, a small circular building presumably on the reservoir roof and a trig. point (triangulation station) placed on top.

So having created a myth we are pleased to dispel it. And maybe we should make an appointment at Specsavers!  And not one of the features is still there.

2016 May - Bowden Ridge Research 

Research is continuing with frequent visits to the Leicestershire Records Office and information will be uploaded onto this website as sections are completed.  We have so far put up a small article with references to the three windmills that were known in this area. We have done several observational walks to date and have test pit digs in gardens planned for June and  July. There is also an article on the roads over the hill with interesting profiles of the hill at both Station Road and Burnmill Road and one on the Workhouse, St Lukes Hospital site on Leicester Road which is requesting more information.


2016 April 30 - University of Lincoln  Five members of the Heritage Group attended the Conference of the Medieval Settlement Research Group arranged by Professor Carenza Lewis at the University of Lincoln and gave a presentation on our recent test pit project, Dig for Bowden's Hidden Past which was part of the Currently Occupied Rural Settlement project.

An adapted text of the presentation can be found on this website under Dig for Bowden's Hidden Past CORS 2013-16.

2016 April 9 - GBO/16/27  The first dig of 2016 and the weather was kind. Today there are a few remnants left of Middle Green which was once much more extensive.  Tree roots were not too much of a problem but we found layer after layer of hardcore and cobbles etc. indicating this was once, and for a long period, a route across the green.  

Older news about Search for Bowden's Hidden Past and the CORS project can be found on the main page for that project

April 2014. - Awards success

GBHA awarded Highly Commended in the Best Events on a Shoestring category for our St Mary in Arden Open Day last July. The awards were given by the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum at a ceremony at the Snibston Discovery Musueum on 10th April. Our category was the most competitive so we are very happy to get a mention.  The St Mary's Open Day involved the entire group and we all worked very hard so its good to know our efforts were appreciated.