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Waulud's Bank to give up its secrets?

The people of Luton are being given the opportunity to find out about one of the town's most historic sites.

Waulud's Bank in Luton

A geophysical survey being carried out at Waulud's Bank Scheduled Ancient Monument in Leagrave Park. 

Waulud's Bank is a Neolithic D shaped enclosure located at the source of the River Lea. It consists of a bank and external ditch of around 7 hectares with a turf reveted chalk & gravel bank (derived from the ditch material). The ditch is 9.2 m wide and 2.1m deep.

The geophysical survey will use non-invasive techniques to identify changes in the soil which may suggest the presence of buried features such as ditches and pits at the site.  It is hoped that the results of the geophysical survey will help to increase understanding of the Scheduled Ancient Monument, one of only two found in Luton, and help with decisions on its future management. 

Waulud's Bank in Luton

The geophysical survey is part of a larger project taking place at Leagrave Park.  Using funding secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Luton Borough Council has commissioned environmental charity Groundwork Luton and South Bedfordshire to prepare plans for the park with the aim of ensuring that the site's heritage, wildlife, sports and other facilities are protected and enhanced and to enable increased community use and involvement in the park. 

The plans will also be used to develop a further funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver improvements to the park. 

As well as site surveys and research, Groundwork is also asking Luton residents to take a few minutes to give their views on the park.  Residents living close to Leagrave Park have already received a questionnaire through their door, but there are a number of other ways to give your views.  The simplest way is to complete a questionnaire online at  alternatively paper copies of the questionnaire have been distributed to Leagrave, Sundon Park and Marsh Farm libraries. 

Debbie Vidler from Groundwork Luton and South Bedfordshire spoke to BBC Three Counties Radio to explain more…

"Waulud's bank is quite unique within the whole of the East of England.  There's been very little research on the site, so we're going to be surveying the land using a magnetic system which is able to look at what is beneath the ground and try and identify whether there are any features which might give us more of an idea about what the site has been used for in the past" said Debbie.

Listen to the full interview here:

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