The Taynton Society organised a walk through Taynton Parva on 5th July 2015, led by Mr Toby Catchpole, Heritage Team Leader and County Archaeologist for Gloucestershire County Council.

Forty people joined the walk, which followed an evening presentation to the Taynton Society last year.

Toby explained the history of the mediaeval site and its national significance as a very important Scheduled Monument.

Several features of the site support its importance, including the Motte and Bailey and especially the Swannery. The latter is one of three or four in the country and probably supplied swans “for the table” to the Abbot of Gloucester.

Toby supplied copies of the geophysical and magnetometry surveys performed since 2010, when the site was Scheduled and these showed extensive stone remains under the surface of several buildings – possibly houses and clearly the old Taynton church, which was destroyed by the Parliamentarians in the civil war. The church was built on an E-W axis, unlike the existing church which was built on a N-S axis.

The gathering then adjourned to the Taynton and Tibberton Village Hall for refreshments and the opportunity to purchase delicious preserves made by Tiz Butler to support The Child Protection Development Trust, a charity set up by Tony Butler to improve the care of abused children in South and Latin America.

David Sillince, Taynton Society.