is a small village 6 miles north of Bedford U.K. on one of the many
loops of the meandering River Ouse and surrounded by rolling hills.
Bedford sits on Oxford Clay deposits and once had an impressive Brick
Industry founded on this resource, underlying layers of Limestone
exposed by the river have been quarried for several centuries, and the
honey coloured stone has been used by Pavenham and surrounding villages
for building homes, farms, and barns.
these rock deposits are not of great age, 'Romantic' fossils
have not been found. . . ( NO T-Rex in our backyard
! ). However, some exotic bones have been found in the gravel
beds along the Ouse including hippo, elephant and rhino along with early
evidence of man.
by Neolithic times the area was inhabited - if only sparsley -but
there is archeological and artefactual evidence of habitation from that
time through Bronze Age, Iron Age, Celts, Belgae, and Roman periods:
A polished stone axe found in Millers Bog at Milton Ernest: The odd
Bronze Age spear: The remains of an Iron Age Settlement at Harrold:
Belgae settlement and coin at Odell: Roman hinge piece from armour,
picture is a cow licking its muzzle, a bronze escutcheon from a bucket,
found at Felmersham - Beds (a neighbouring village along the river).
The span of the horns is 46mm and is one of a pair of bucket mounts
- the heads being fixed to the wooden bucket by rivets and the ring
between the horns would take a rope handle. It is typical
of the Iron Age and is clearly Celtic.
link to the Official
Pavenham Village Website
for those whose search has
brought them to this site