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Uncovering Offchurch, Fosse Way

Uncovering Offchurch, Fosse Way

"Living beside the Fosse Way - a landscape 2,000 years in the making."

Iron Age and Romano-British settlement, and a landscape of transport and transition at Offchurch, Warwickshire.

What we learned

The Church of St. Gregory The Church of St. Gregory is a Grade II* listed building. Although nothing of the Saxon church survives, the nave and chancel date from the 11th–12th-century, and the tower is 15th century.

Iron Age Roundhouses A small enclosed settlement of roundhouses was found within the North Area. The site was occupied in the Middle Iron Age (400–100 BC).

Offchurch Village Historians believe the village may have been the site of a palace of King Offa of Mercia, one of the seven Saxon kingdoms, which occupied the area of the present day English Midlands. The name of the village means 'Offa's church'. In the 19th century, an earlier Anglo-Saxon burial ground was uncovered in the village which dated to around AD 650.

MOLA, for Headland | Spring 2021

As part of the works in advance of High Speed 2 rail link, archaeologists worked on two main areas of excavation to the north of the village of Offchurch. A team of 42 archaeologists worked on the site from June to November 2020.

Explore the archaeology of the site

Before a bridge, tunnel or station is built on the HS2 railway project, the largest ever UK archaeology programme has been taking place along the line of route. The archaeological work at Fosse Way is one of over 100 sites that is helping us understand more about our history.

Nestled between the looping curves of the River Leam lies a landscape 2000 years in the making. From Iron Age trackways to railways and canals, networks of travel and communication have long traversed and transformed the Warwickshire parish of Offchurch. Excavation here in 2020 revealed an early chapter of this story.

Digital Story Map

Use this digital story map produced by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) below or open it in a new window to remotely explore the archaeology of the site, and to see what it tells us about the changing landscape over time.