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DIG

An exciting dig at -

Swirl

SEPT 24

No dig, heavy rain due

OCT 01

The next Sunday dig is:

Winnall, School Field
The potato field!

2023

2023

Dig confirmed. It was due to be held on Saturday 23rd September but we moved it.

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WINNALL near WINCHESTER

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THE DIG

83 Acres of harvested taters! Bare earth, extraordinarily deeply ploughed very close to historic Winchester awaits you! 

Once every four years, the four fields at Winnall are extra deeply ploughed and ridged up for a crop of potatoes. Now that Walkers crisps have had their delivery of Hampshire's finest spuds, it is time for us to return to this, our most favourite field!

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Winnall, School Field

Harvesting the earthy tubers was completed a week ago leaving a fantastic digging surface for our own harvest of silvery coins that are found widespread across the vastness of the 83 acres below the school playing field. Past trophies here are numerous coins from the medieval era, notably 12th century coinage yet we reach farther back in time so we have our eyes peeled for here, Dark Age finds of Anglo-Saxon pennies have graced the finds bags of Charlotte, Cara & Maris.

The ridging machines have really worked the soil far deeper than our detector's limits and the root boys ought to have left us with a pretty decent surface to exploit and explore this Saturday. We Estimate that the earth was turned to a depth of around 18 inches to two feet in places. Hammered King Edwards are Desireeable, but not to the First Earlies who must not arrive before 8.30am otherwise you can Sarpo Mira off!  It'll be a Golden Wonder if the chips are down and you find nothing but it's unlikely that you will miss the maincrop & will surely have a smashing time or get a severe roasting!

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HISTORY

LOCAL HISTORY

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DIG TIMES

Start time : 9.30am
Ends at dusk 


Gate locked at 5pm so please park outside to continue until dusk

It is important that you do not arrive earlier than 8.30am as we will be busy putting out direction signs.

 

Cars stopping on busy roads could lead to an accident so please, no arrivals before 8.30am. Thanks.

DIRECTIONS

POST CODE
SO21 1HB

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Digs signs off the B3404 Alresford Road. Take the A31 to the Percy Hobbs roundabout near the Winchester Science Centre and follow our arrows.

INFORMATION

DIG FEE

MEMBERS £21

NON-MEMBERS £23

UNDER 16s 1/2 PRICE

UNDER 12s FREE

PARKING

Parking on grass and stubble

toilets

We put up a wind break for ladies use only. The nearest loos will be found at the closest filling station or pub.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

The latest Google Earth imagery for you on this section. 

Your fields are roughly on the aerial image on the left. Sometimes the view is only approximate though but near enough for you to do your own research.

Other sources

STREET MAPS

To help you plan your journey.

OUR DIGS SIGNS

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The Weekend Wanderers dig signs are designed to be highly visible against the foliage backdrop. FIELD ENTRANCE signs are placed at the entrance with signs further down the road to give you plenty of notice that your turning is near.

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Pete's Bees

Local honey for sale at the dig produced from Pete's apiaries in North Hampshire

Pete will remember to bring honey this Sunday! 

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