Free Walking Tours – Medieval Saffron Walden & Professor Carenza Lewis lecture

As part of their community engagement work relating to the Battle Ditch project, Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group is pleased to announce the following events, which are free and open to everyone:

Free Walking Tours!

Tracing the ‘The Development of Medieval Saffron Walden’ with local Blue Badge Guide, Sarah Kirkpatrick.

Each tour will last between 45 minutes and 1 hour and will explore the medieval layout and growth of our town. The tours will start at 11am at the Abbey Lane end of the Battle Ditches, by the new interpretation board.

Saturday 2nd May
Saturday 13th June
Saturday 25th July
Saturday 15th August






Pre-booking only. Please call into the Tourist Information Centre or email to reserve your place.

The tours are organised and funded by the Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group as part of their Battle Ditch Community Engagement Project.

Lecture by Professor Carenza Lewis

The development of medieval Saffron Walden is the subject of a lecture to be given by Professor Carenza Lewis on Saturday, May 16 at 7.30pm in Saffron Walden Town Hall.  Professor Lewis is a field archaeologist and Professor of the Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln. She specialises in the medieval period and is particularly interested in the  relations between settlement and landscape. Before moving to Lincoln in 2015,  Dr. Lewis was an Archaeological Investigator with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England and later a presenter on the long-running and award-winning TV series, ‘Time Team’;  in 2004 she became  Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology, an outreach unit which she set up at the University of Cambridge.  Professor Lewis was also a director of Saffron Walden’s community archaeological excavation in 2013,  digging in the corner of the town Common with the help of a team of  local sixth-formers.

Places for both the lecture and the walking tours must be booked in advance by contacting the Tourist Information Centre on 01799 524002 or by email on

For more information, please contact Mark Starte on 01799 524002.