Archaeological Dig Open Day at Cassiobury Park

The public and any budding archaeologists will have the opportunity to attend an ‘Archaeological Dig Open Day’ in Watford's Cassiobury Park on Saturday 18 June from 11am to 3pm, and it's FREE.

Published: Wednesday, 25th May 2016

Community Dig

The excavation (6 - 19 June 2016) is to investigate the site of the demolished Georgian Swiss Cottage, just off Gade Avenue, near the River Gade. The Earl of Essex had it built for family picnics and to provide accommodation for an estate worker. It became derelict in the mid 20th Century and finally demolished about 1970.

The dig, using local volunteers, is directed by Keevill Heritage Ltd and funded By Watford Borough Council from a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The aim is to expose a significant part of the building and recover artefacts that will help show how the building was constructed and the lives of the people that used it. Local schools have an opportunity to visit the dig in progress.

Cassiobury Park Archaeological Dig Open Day

The Open Day, organised by SW Herts Archaeological and Historical Society, will give local people an opportunity to:

  • find out about the Georgian Swiss Cottage
  • have a conducted tour of the trenches
  • talk to the archaeologists
  • see the artefacts found
  • learn more about the history of the Park

If you would like more information about the dig before the Open Day,  please contact Laurie Elvin at

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