Parishes in the LOWV project area:
    Brampton Abbotts
    Holme Lacy
    How Caple
    Kings Caple



Project info

The Wye


Over one hundred local people have been involved in the Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley (LOWV) project so far, studying the history and living fabric of the countryside in the 12 parishes which make up the northern part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) between the Herefordshire parishes of Fownhope and Bridstow.

The project is a partnership between the local community and specialists.  Volunteers are being helped to learn various  field-work, research and collating skills. Sources include oral history, old documents and newspapers, maps and photographs. It also uses archaeological excavation, field survey and geophysics. Underwater investigation has been conducted by Ross Sub Aqua Club. We are also analysing landscape history using overlays of old and modern maps and aerial photographs.

Together we are uncovering the hidden depths of the Wye Valley landscape while enjoying hands-on field survey and archaeological investigation.

New volunteers are always welcome to join in this project. Tasks for which we would welcome help are listed on the Project Tasks page. We would also like old photographs, letters etc relating to the area.
The results of the project will be published in a book due to be launched in 2007.
Current and coming events:

Next LOWV events click above for details...
Past events:

Click to view some of our past events

The settlements in the area are only rarely related to the parishes. Click to view information on settlement patterns and types.

In the 18th century, although not unknown, the potato was a fairly exotic vegetable. Here is a recipe for a potato pudding and one for bread and butter pudding



If you are interested contact:

Huw Sherlock Heather Hurley David Lovelace
Archenfield Archaeology Ltd Upper Orchard Pool Cottage
Caplor Farm Hoarwithy Norton Canon
Fownhope HR1 4PT HR2 6QR HR4 7BP
01432 860003 01432 840649 01544 318138


maintained by Archenfield Archaeology Ltd


This project was part-financed by the European Union (EAGGF) and DEFRA through the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme.