This summer we are looking for a lost medieval manor at Crowcombe Court, Crowcombe, Somerset, and we want your help...

This is a dedicated community project for the Quantocks Landscape Partnership Scheme and we are calling on volunteers to join us as we go in search of a 13th century medieval manor in the grounds of Crowcombe Court and its beautiful setting in the Quantocks. We have a few clues as to where the manor might be but it's now time to get our trowels out and see what we can find.

The excavation will run from 29th June to 15th July 2022  (excluding the weekend of July 9th-10th) with an Open Day on 16th July. 


The manor is first mentioned in documentary records in 1295 but was demolished by 1724 when the present Crowcombe Court was built. An estate map in 1797 shows a formal garden which was known to have been laid out in 1676 by John Carew around or adjoining the manor house. The garden is depicted just north of the present Church of the Holy Ghost and is marked on a late Victorian map as the location of the manor.


A recent LiDAR survey and geophysical survey has identified the garden and we have spotted two possible areas on the geophysical plot that could represent rubble spreads relating to the manor and we will be targeting these for excavation. This will comprise 2 no. 10m long x 5m wide trenches which will be machine stripped of turf and topsoil just prior to the excavation team arriving.

...and this is your chance to get involved in this exciting project.


We are looking for volunteers to take part in the excavation along with help towards other tasks such as finds processing (washing, bagging and cataloguing), site record data entry, site logistics, publicity, Open Day organisation, etc.


If you've never done anything like this before but always wanted to get involved, or already have some archaeological experience, we'd very much like to hear from you. Either way, training will be given on site. In order to provide as many opportunities as possible, we are provisionally limiting spaces to a total of 3 days for each volunteer and this can be continuous or as individual days.


We're recruiting now so why not register your interest by emailing the QLPS Community Engagement & Volunteering Officer, Jon Barrett at

We look forward to hearing from you!!


Crowcombe Court entrance drive