Ongoing Archaeological Project


The History Society undertook a Geophysics project this summer to find out more about the Cistercian Abbey of St Mary at Sawtry and the deserted medieval village of Sawtry Judith. Although much research has been done over the years by local archaeologists, then after it became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1954, by English Heritage now known as Historic England and more recently by members of the History Society, there are still many gaps in what we know about the Abbey site which was founded in 1147 and the village settlement with the church of St Mary's. The village of Sawtry Judith was recorded as a land holding of Countess Judith in the Domesday Book, written in 1086, so the church and village settlement pre dates the Abbey. Historic England are keen to know more about the Abbey Site and the Medieval village and would like us to help them fill in some of those gaps. We are currently researching both the Abbey site and the medieval village and would be pleased to hear from anyone who may have any information regarding these.  This will be an ongoing project for Sawtry History Society.