Swiss Cottage found Buried in Cassiobury Park

Watford’s Cassiobury Park is digging up the aristocratic past: The borders used to be owned by the Earl of Essex.


Swiss Cottage found Buried in Cassiobury Park


Everyone was invited to discover more about a 200-year-old Swiss Cottage. Archaeological Dig Open Days, Gade Avenue green space, by the river.


The Georgian ‘Swiss’ cottage and grounds were used for picnics and parties for the Earl of Essex’s family and friends and included a small museum. School groups were also allowed to use the building. Part of the cottage and the smaller building nearby were lived in rent-free by estate staff and their families.


Retired volunteer Ian Freeman, from Watford, said: “I’ve been interested in archaeology for ages, but this is the first time I’ve actually had a go at it myself. It’s absolutely fascinating. Finding a stove here was the highlight. I am very keen to get involved in future archaeology projects now, but you have to be very careful and record everything – it’s painstaking work!”


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