Medieval excavations in Adel

York's Jorvik Viking Centre brought their 'Dig on Tour’ to Adel church last week for a medieval afternoon. 

Val Crompton from Adel Church says, “It was part of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival, and our church is particularly suitable because it's brimming with medieval history!

"Children had a go at being archaeologists (with the help of the JORVIK team) by digging through a selection of replica pits in search of artefacts. There was also a display of medieval stonework and manuscripts,and many visitors followed a history trail around the church and our six-acre churchyard”

Adel Church dates back to 1150 and is one of the oldest churches in West Yorkshire still in use as a centre of Christian worship. Of particular historical interest are its 37 chancel arch beakheads, corbels and south doorway.

Vicar of Adel, the Revd Ian White, said, "We attracted a really good cross-section of people and age ranges - the children engaged with the 'hunts' and 'excavations' with great enthusiasm, and the mums and dads were very grateful for another entertaining afternoon during the long holiday!

Contact Val Crompton, vjcrompton [at] or 0113 225 9142


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