West Stow Anglo Saxon Village celebrates its 50 years

Celebrating 50 years of West Stow''Pictured: Franciszek (9) and Gabriela (6) Teliczan spending the day as Anglo Saxon children ANL-150726-180448009
Celebrating 50 years of West Stow''Pictured: Franciszek (9) and Gabriela (6) Teliczan spending the day as Anglo Saxon children ANL-150726-180448009
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A special weekend to celebrate 50 years of the Anglo Saxon village reconstruction at West Stow was hailed a success by its organisers despite unkind weather on Sunday.

Around 750 people turned out to experience life lived by the early Anglo Saxons.

And for one visitors it held special memories as Dr Stanley West who lead the original archeology on the site travelled down from Gloucestershire to meet those he had worked with on the project which began in 1965.

Friends of West Stow dressed in costume of the day and explained to visitors how life would have been lived in those early days.

Glynis Baxter, heritage officer, said: “We were lucky with the weather on Saturday and had around 500 people but there were a good number of hardy folk who didn’t let Sunday’s rain stop them from coming along. We had around 250.

“Dr West was very pleased to see how the village has evolved and praised the thatching on the homes.”

The year has been a good one so far for organisers as two large events, the Brecks Festival and Dragon Festival have drawn the crowds and there is a further major event on the Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday entitled British Warriors Through Time.

The Anglo Saxon Village is based on the site of an archeological excavation and depicts life in early Anglo Saxon times.

It costs £5 for a day ticket, adults, £3 concessions and £15 family ticket with a heritage ticket offering access to West Stow and Moyse’s Hall all year.