About 20 members met up at Beauchief Abbey on Thursday 27th July for a historic and archaeological tour by Colin Merrony from Sheffield University. What had been a wet and gloomy day turned into a splendid evening with lovely light so we were really lucky! Colin steered us safely through the golfers (he’s obviously done this before) and explained the origins of the Abbey, founded for the Premonstratensians (White Canons) c. 1175. He showed us where by studying the landscape and old maps, and by digging a few targeted trenches, parts of the abbey precincts and gatehouse may have been. We followed what was probably a very ancient route towards Beauchief Hall then back to the church of Beauchief Abbey where we finished the tour. Colin gave us all some really helpful notes and diagrams to aid interpretation, but for those who would like more history about the abbey, the British History online account is very detailed (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/derbs/vol2/pp63-69).
And now for some photos…..