Doccombe was a separate manor for at least 800 years and its ownership by Christ Church Canterbury has left it one of the best sets of written historical records in the country. We have been fortunate to secure a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant to research, record and exhibit Doccombe's rich heritage.
The project will also cover other forms of evidence such as personal and oral histories of recent times and a historical survey of its buildings, farms, and Blackenstone Quarry. And of course the manor also included the woods and Mardon Common where physical and archaeological remains take us back even further to prehistoric times. Nearby Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England; its construction and recent renovation used Blackingstone’s granite cut and worked by Doccombe’s stone masons. But what can its atmospheric flooded quarry reveal?
We will be keeping you updated about the projects progress which will include articles, photography and film-making including an exhibition at Green Hill later in the project. You may also like to join our Facebook page where we will be adding ongoing snippets of information.