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Friday 1st July & Tuesday 5th July 2022 – BAS Visit: Medieval Graffiti at Sonning Church


We will meet at St Andrew’s Church, Sonning, RG4 6UT, at 7:30pm on both the above dates, to discover some of the graffiti on the church; see how it is recorded; and have a chat.

We will park along the East side of Sonning Lane (RG4 6ST, the left side if coming from A4) alongside the brick and flint wall before to the road turns sharply right into the village.  Walk down the hill from where you park to where the road turns right into the village, continue straight on along gravel drive to the kissing gate and on the path to the corner of the church where we will gather.  

After a short introduction we will seek out the graffiti on the outside of the church for around 20 minutes.  Some of the graffiti can be seen from the path, but for the remainder you will have to walk on the slightly uneven grass.  To aid finding the graffiti bring a torch if you have one.  There will be a short demonstration of how we record the graffiti.  At about 8:30pm we will walk to The Bull Inn (50m) for a chat about what we have seen and how we can survey graffiti in other churches.  Reverse the route to walk back to the cars (total distance to walk about 500m).  

If you intend to come, please contact James Peddle peddle(at)  

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Saturday 16th July 2022 – BAS Visit: Abingdon

Meet at the Abingdon County Hall Museum at 11:15am. We will depart at 11:30am for a 90-minute walk lead by a local guide. Cost will be £10 per person (cash on the day).

Abingdon is a very interesting historic town which was the county town of Berkshire from 1556 to 1869. We won’t see any traces of the Iron Age oppidum or the Roman town but there are remains of the Saxon abbey from 676AD and many interesting features from this period up to the present day.

There will be the option of a pub lunch afterwards – venue TBC.

To book your place please email Tim Lloyd at tim.lloyd222(at) by 2nd July latest.

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There are some small car parks in the town centre but the best option is the Hales Meadow car park just south of the town across the river.

Abingdon County Hall Museum is at Market Place, Abingdon OX14 3HG

Image: Abingdon County Hall Museum built 1678-82

BAJ085 published

Berkshire Archaeological Journal volume 85 has been published. It will shortly be distributed to all members and subscribers.

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This is a special issue as it marks a collaboration with Cotswold Archchaeology. All articles are reports from excavations that they have conducted in and around Berkshire in the last 3 years.

Front cover


Foreword by Richard Massey

An Early Roman Site at Beech Hill Road, Spencers Wood, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Grace Perpetua Jones, with Adam Howard

Roman, medieval and post-medieval settlement at Cutbush Lane, Shinfield, Berkshire by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

An Early Roman enclosed settlement at Kentwood Farm, Wokingham by Richard Massey and Joe Whelan

Iron Age and medieval features at Keephatch, Beech Lane, Wokingham by Jacek Gruszczynski and Matt Nichol.

Roman and medieval occupation at Shoppenhanger Manor, Maidenhead by Ray Kennedy and Richard Massey.