This is a schedule of many archaeology and history events in the Peterborough area. Only some are organised by FRAG. Click a specific event for more details.
WALK – Norman Cross Prison – CANCELLED
16 May 2020
SORRY – POSTPONED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Norman Cross Prison was constructed in early 1797 to house prisoners of the Napoleonic wars. It formed part of a network of military “depots” and with a capacity of nearly 7,000 it had a major impact on our sleepy, local towns and villages.
The 15 hectare site is to the east of the Great North Road (and now the A1) at Norman Cross, 5 miles from Peterborough and close to Stilton, Folksworth and Yaxley. A few fragments of the prison can still be seen, along with a field of lumps and bumps, and a memorial to the 1,770 prisoners who died there before it closed in 1814.
Paul Chamberlain is a leading authority on the prison. He will explain its history and point out surviving features in the landscape.
The walk/talk will take place on Saturday morning.
REGISTRATION WILL BE NECESSARY – DETAILS TO FOLLOW