Newport Medieval Ship

<b>Newport boat timbers</b>

On Saturday 3rd June I set out for another of the Clevedon & District Archaeological Society's Trips on their Summer programme.

We went to an industrial estate in Newport to view the remains of a medieval ship in a unit there. During the construction of the Riverfront Theatre the wreck was discovered on the banks of the River Usk. With help of Heritage Lottery funding the 1700 timbers are now being cleaned and recorded. The ship has been dated to middle 15th century. It predates the Mary Rose and used earlier than Columbus.

Much should be learned from the find which will take many years. We had a tour and saw much of the work going on. The Friends had stalls and some were dressed in the costume of the time. I bought a replica of a Portuguese coin found inside plus key-rings and fridge magnets to help fund the work. A few of the finds are on display in Newport museum including a pointed toe shoe.

In the afternoon some of us went on to Dewstone Gardens and Grottoes nearby. It was perfect sunny day and we enjoyed the rediscovered restored gardens walking around the ponds and grottoes. Ending with an ice cream and purchase of plants. I bought a fern which is perfect for my dim passageway.

Both well worth a visit and not that far away.

Valerie Sweet