Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure Tours

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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure

North-east of Chelmer Village Way

Chelmsford

CM2 5AR

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This is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of the forgotten gems of Chelmsford’s history, a Bronze Age enclosure used as the home of an important chief around 850 BC. With the help of local historians, visitors will learn what life was like in this special corner of prehistoric Chelmsford, when swords were forged, strange rituals were carried out and the land was used as a cemetery. Visitors can look at the Bronze Age enclosure itself, which is very well preserved, while enjoying the peaceful oasis of green space sandwiched between commercial and residential areas. Organisers will describe how the site was the home of an important Chelmsford chief towards the end of the Bronze Age, while being part of a Stonehenge-like ritual landscape which included a mortuary enclosure, Neolithic enclosure and nationally-important cursus monument, all now lost. Local historians will take small groups of visitors on a tour inside the Bronze Age enclosure, teaching them why it was built and what life was like for the inhabitants, before showing them the archaeological pits left from the excavation of the adjacent Anglo-Saxon cemetery. The tour will end with a viewing of a Second World War pillbox, located in peaceful woodland to the east of the enclosure. Visitors are free to take photos, and while the site is great for picnics, there is a well-stocked café at a nearby Wyvale garden centre.


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Springfield Lyons Bronze Age Enclosure

North-east of Chelmer Village Way

Chelmsford

CM2 5AR

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