who can’t forget the iconic channel 4 Tv show? Hosted by Baldrick – or tony robinson as anyone who hasn’t watched blackadder will know him is was one of my favorite shows growing up (I had a fun childhood I promise). But it was his eccentric band of historians and archeologists that made me so engaged with each project; Mick Aston, Carenza Lewis, Francis Pryor and Phil Harding to name a few.
so when the team came down to my local town, you could tell I was very excited! They actually dug on the local Grammar’s Junior school playing field. I had played rounders there a few months before and could not believe what I was actually running on top of when i heard what Phil had dug up. This excavation occurred 6 years ago i had just turned 11 at the time, but old enough for it to leave an impression on me over the tree days of there dig.
History of the site –
In 1212 Peter de Rupibus founded the Domus Dei, as a combined hospital, poor house and traveller’s rest. The site continued in the role of hospice for around 300 years until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
After a visit from Elizabeth I in 1561 a residence for the governor was erected. To this end Government House and its associated buildings were constructed on the site of Governors Green alongside the Domus Dei. Government House was the focal point for many significant events including the marriage of Charles II in 1662.
Tony Robinson’s opening line of the show aired in 2010 – “in an area so rich in history our aim is to characterise the remaining archaeology, compare any surviving remains of the hospital with known maps and ideas to identify the dimensions of Government house and its associated outbuildings….. and as usual we have just 3 days to do it.”