The Hapton Big Dig project, 'Archaeological evaluation of Hapton Tower and adjacent earthworks', received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017, for a community archaeology project. The grant was obtained by Bluestone Archaeology CIC in collaboration with Hapton Heritage Committee.
Community volunteers excavating Hapton Tower
The aim of the project is to ‘focus on the southern half of the Late-Medieval Deer Park at Hapton, in particular locating the ‘Lost Village of Birtwisle’ which is thought to be in the vicinity of Hapton Tower, which was built in c.1510 as a deer park lodge. Its construction probably led to the demise, and sweeping away, of the medieval settlement of Birtwistle first documented in late-12th century. It is intended to involve the local community of the Hapton area and the nearby town of Burnley in investigating a defined area within the park in order to locate the deserted medieval village, investigate the site of Hapton Tower and interpret its relationship with other archaeological sites and features contained within the southern half of Hapton Deer Park.’
The heritage lottery funded project closed on 31st October 2020. We plan to continue our investigation in future years to be funded by Crowfunding.
All those interested are invited to take part in the dig. No previous excavation experience is needed. Further details to be announced soon on the dates for 2021
(depending on Covid-19 restrictions).
If you would like to join the project please contact [email protected]