The Past & Future of Clare

Clare Castle Country ParkAs part of the HLF funded Managing a Masterpiece project, ACA were in Clare, Suffolk, last April and May leading test-pit excavations with residents, school pupils and members of the public. A full report of the results is now available on our website, analysing the archaeological evidence for how the town developed over hundreds and thousands of years.

Several of these test-pits were dug in gardens which backed onto Clare Castle Country Park, the site of a medieval motte and stone castle as well as a peaceful and picturesque recreational area in the centre of the town. In light of cuts proposed by Suffolk County Council, a group of local residents and other supporters aim to establish a charitable trust for ownership and management of Clare Castle Country Park to ensure protection of the site’s historical and archaeological heritage and preservation of the green space in perpetuity.

To become a Friend of Clare Castle Country Park and find out more about their objectives, plese contact Fran Reynolds ( at The Red House, 17, Nethergate Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NP (01787 277456).

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