Norton Community Archaeology Group was established in 2006 to investigate the archaeology of the historic parish of Norton in Hertfordshire, now part of Letchworth Garden City. Norton has extraordinarily well preserved historical records covering 1000 years of our social history and unspoilt archaeology spanning 10,000 years. The Norton Community Archaeology Group (NCAG) was set up to further our knowledge of the village and surrounding area through practical “hands-on” historical research and archaeological excavations. Participation is currently at no cost to Letchworth residents. Families, schools and individuals are all welcome to join in, whatever your experience and age. We have the rare opportunity to get “hands-on” with our own history and to make many further exciting discoveries.
Our website is currently undergoing major redevelopment to allow a more interactive experience for visitors. Please bear with us while the contents of this new version continue to be updated.
We returned to Stapleton’s Field for six weeks from 11 July to have another look at the henge. This time, we have opened up a large area, 40 m by 40 m, which has exposed about a third of the henge. The excavation blog gives a day-by-day account of progress. You can download the Stapletons Field Project Design 2012/13 to find out more about what we are hoping to achieve. You can also see the Heritage foundation video about our Summer 2012 dig at YouTube.
Norton Community Archaeology Group has its own channel on Vimeo, where we post video diaries and other video clips to keep people updated on our progress in the field, as well as a Flikr stream of photographs showing the Group’s activities.
NCAG books now available
Records of the Manor of Norton in the Liberty of St Albans 1244-1539 with an Introduction written by NCAG members, Sue Flood and Professor Mark Bailey. Fully indexed. Published by the Hertfordshire Record Society.
Retail price £22.00
A limited number of books are available to NCAG members at a discounted price.
Book launch on 9 May 2015 at the Hertfordshire Association for Local History AGM at Sawbridgeworth.
Norton Court Records 1540-1752 with an introduction written by NCAG members. This book is being published by NCAG and is due out at the end of June 2015.
Price to NCAG members £12.00
Price to non-members £17.99
Books will be on sale at David’s Bookshop for £17.99 – an evening book launch is planned at the bookshop at the end of September 2015 (date to be advised).
Norton Court Records 1757-1916 including the 1798-9 Enclosure Awards. NCAG published this book in 2014 and it is now out of print. Copies may be viewed at Letchworth library as well as Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies in Hertford.
- NCAG AGM & Talk by Brendon King Title: NCAG AGM & Talk by Brendon KingLocation: The Stables. The Three Horseshoes. NortonStart Time: 19:30Date: 2015-09-15End Time: 21:00
- Formal launch of book of Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752) Title: Formal launch of book of Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752)Location: David’s Bookshop. LetchworthDescription: Formal launch of book of Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752) at David’s Bookshop at 19.30h. Start Time: 19:30Date: 2015-09-28End Time: 20:30
- Launch of the NCAG Book: Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752) Title: Launch of the NCAG Book: Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752)Location: Mrs Howard Hall. Letchworth.Description: Launch of the final book of Norton Manorial Court records (1540-1752) and the Historical Documents digital library at the Mrs Howard Hall at 19.30h.Start Time: 19:30Date: 2015-07-28End Time: 20:30