INTRODUCTION

post1[1]When people think of Sutton Park they conjure up images of trees, heathland, streams and pools, its wildife and of course King Henry the VIII. But there is more to the history of park the than that. Archaeological treasurers, some visible and others that are not easy to see, dating back to the Stone Age.

With the help of the sponsors listed on the right, FOSPA helped create a range of walks, leaflets and sign posts to bring these features to visitors attention, and to share in the fascinating details of our past.

This section of the FOSPA website gives you the opportunity to explore and understand some of the park’s history which we hope will make your next visit to the park a more enjoyable one.

Leaflets detailing all the sites and walks are freely available from the visitor centre. So please do pick one up when you next visit.

AIS STORIES

When you take a stroll through the woodlands, along the winding paths or sit near a pool watching the wildlife, do you ever think how they got there? Well, there are lots of stories about the people and events that have taken place in the park and surrounding area over hundreds of years. And we are sure there is a great deal more that is still to be told. We have four pages that will help you understand a little of the past and identify some of the features that you might not normally see. We are grateful to Paul Crawley who provided the illustrations that help bring these stories to life.

You can read about Bronze Age settlers – 1330 BC, The Romans – 47 AD, The Deer Park – 1170 AD and recent industry in the park – 1760 AD by clicking on the Archaeology Stories link on the left.

AIS WALKS

There are three walks you can take covering three very different areas of the park. The walks vary in length and you will be able to see the remains of some of the items mentioned in the accompanying stories. The routes are clearly marked with sign posts as pictured above, and there is an information post at the begining of each walk near the three main gates.

The walks normally take about 1 to 2 hours to complete and FOSPA, with the assistance of Dr Mike Hodder of Birmingham City Council Archaeology Dept, organises regular guided walks in which Mike explains the historical and interesting aspects of the sites visited. You can find out when the next organised walk by looking at the FOSPA Diaries via the main FOSPA Home Page

You can see the maps and the routes to take on the Archaeolgy Walks link on the left.

BIRMINGHAM YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB

The Birmingham Young Archaeologists Club is aimed at 9-16 year olds with an interest in archaeology. They normally meet on the last Saturday of every month either at Sutton Park Visitors Centre, or at various off site locations, usually between 10.30 and 12.30.

For further information about the Club, events and activities please visit their website: BYAC.ORG.UK , or contact the Sutton Park Visitor Centre.