Wenhaston Archive Project History Notes

History Note No.1: The very earliest inhabitants

History Note No.1: The very earliest inhabitants
The ice age and the early bronze age settlers

If one travels south on to the A12 from Blythburgh, just before you reach the turning to Bramfield and Halesworth, you pass on the right the entrance to Thorington Quarry. Some years ago some Dinosaur bones were found. Therefore some 65 million years ago these animals were roaming around Wenhaston!

During the last major Ice Age (400,000 years ago) the thickness of the ice over East Anglia was between half a mile and a mile thick. No wonder East Anglia is flat.

However, the first signs of human habitation comes in the Bronze Age, about 2000 BC. Due to Dr St Joseph and his team from Cambridge University in the 1950s we have hundreds of aerial photos of East Anglia. From these many new archaeological sites were discovered. One of these was of a Bronze Age Barrow on the top of Star Hill.

Although the ground is now flat due to hundreds of years ploughing, during the mid summer one can still see the crop marks from the air.