Lottery win for archaeologists

A LOTTERY win is not something many can say they have experienced but archaeologists from Marlow are celebrating after scooping a slice of the jackpot.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £9,800 to Marlow Archaeology to further investigate a public park in Marlow where they may have uncovered evidence of a 16th century chapel.

During their digs around March, time detectives found a chalk block wall at the site which may date back to the 1500s.

The organisation said some have speculated that this may have connection with a medieval chapel associated with a Knights Hospitallers 'Hospital' - thought to have been situated somewhere in the vicinity.

Peter Borrows, Chairman of Marlow Archaeology, said: "The funding award is great news for Marlow as it will help the town learn more about its heritage and itself."

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England, said: "This project will engage local volunteers in helping, quite literally, to uncover further aspects of Marlow’s history. Stimulating interest in this way will help conservation in the future."

The newly gained cash will enable more excavations to take place, delving further into the mystery, and is likely to happen in the first half of 2013.

More certain evidence has already been found as well to establish the position, detail and extent of a Victorian house built between 1850/75.

It was known that this was over a farmhouse built in about 1775, parts of which were revealed The project aims to stimulate public interest in the heritage of Marlow through direct participation, publicity and subsequent presentations and talks.

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