Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

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Before Breaking New Ground, there was very little information about the contribution geodiversity makes to the heritage of the Brecks. Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership have delivered four projects to boost awareness of this issue, with this project introducing people to the wealth of geological features to be found in the Brecks’ churches and churchyards.

A day school was delivered to 22 participants on a very sunny 11th July 2015, beginning at West Stow Country Park with a range of presentations delivered by local experts Tim Holt-Wilson, Jenny Gladstone, Mike Horne and Stephen Heywood. The presentations covered the geological history of the Brecks, church building in the Brecks and the origins of the materials used (flint, lime, brick etc.) and also the history, geography and usage of gravestones.

Attendees then boarded a coach to commence a field trip to five Brecks churches: Lackford, Flempton, West Stow, Fornham All Saints and Wordwell. Geology specialists were on hand to give more details on the materials the churches and gravestones were made from, how they are formed, through to how they are taken from the ground and transported to the site where they have laid now for hundreds of years. Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to explore some of the related BNG projects and get involved with their events, notably the Flint in the Brecks project and the Caring for the Built Heritage of the Brecks Day Schools.

Feedback for the day was very positive with many remarking that their knowledge had been improved and that the day school had sparked new ideas for research projects to be undertaken.

 

Legacy

 

  • Brecks residents now more aware of geology of the area and how it relates to church buildings in the landscape. 
  • Participants signed up for other BNG projects and activities as a result of attending the day school.  

I was so enthused by the day, I re-visited West Stow church and the West Stow Country Park the following day with my family. I spent a lovely afternoon looking at stones through a magnifying glass with my 5 year old son, who can now identify ‘clunch’ amongst other stone! He was fascinated by the limestone fossils etc. as well as the medieval carved church pews.

Day School Attendee

Gallery

Oolitic Limestone_ Tim-Holt Wilson
Flempton Reddish Sandstone _ Tim - Holt Wilson
Discussing granite
Dayschool Participants
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School
Upon this Rock Church Stones Day School