Waltham Cross Project
Cedars Park, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire was created out of the grounds of an eighteenth century house but is most significant as the site of Theobalds Palace, created by William Cecil between 1564 – 1680 when he was the Chief Advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. Described as ‘the most important architectural adventure of the whole of Elizabeth’s reign’ the palace was visited by the Queen eight times during her reign and subsequently James I fell in love with it and persuaded Robert Cecil (William’s son) to swap it for, amongst other properties, Hatfield House. It was used as a royal palace until 1642 when Charles I unfurled the Royal Standard as he set off to Nottingham at the start of the Civil War. After his death the palace was selectively demolished and sub-divided and part of the site was given to the town of Cheshunt in 1921. Additional land was acquired in 1963 and the park we see today has been developed over the lat 80 years.
The Enfield Archaeological Society, working with Broxbourne Council and Lowewood Museum, will be opening trenches at Cedars Park, to the south side of the 18th Century Flint Follies on July 12th and 13th during National Archaeology Week. This will be the first time on over 40 years that a dig has taken place at the site of Theobalds Palace. Enfield Archaeological Society hope to reveal evidence of the 17th Century banqueting house, or a 16th Century summerhouse which stood nearby and was built by William Cecil to entertain Queen Elizabeth 1. Sunday 13th July will be the day that the general public are invited to join in the dig from 9am and come and see the trenching work, take part in artefact handling session, competitions and children’s activities AND bring their finds to the ‘bring your archaeological finds’ stall.
The day will be even more fun because the Caribana Steel Band are also visiting the park and visitors can come listen to a three piece acoustic steel band led by Eugene De Vlugt playing Caribbean melodies and steel versions of well known popular English tunes between 2 and 5pm Cost – also Free
For more information please visit our website: Enfield Archaeological Society∞
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