Mum calling for trail to celebrate history

Karen Waggott, who wants a heritage trail created, pictured with her five-year-old twins Jamie, left, and Luke           Pictures: OX58668 Damian Halliwell

Karen Waggott, who wants a heritage trail created, pictured with her five-year-old twins Jamie, left, and Luke Pictures: OX58668 Damian Halliwell

First published in News The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Didcot and Wallingford. Call me on 01865 425425

GRAPHIC designer Karen Waggott is urging developers to create a trail tracking archaeological finds at Didcot’s Great Western Park estate.

More than 3,300 homes are due to be built between the A4130 and the Wantage Road between now and 2026 and hundreds of families have already moved in.

In 2011, archaeologists working for builders Taylor Wimpey revealed the results of a two-year dig, including the remains of a Roman villa and early Bronze Age arrowheads, and in January released more details about their historic finds.

Now mum-of-two Mrs Waggott, from MacDonald Close, wants developers to create a trail recording the history of the discoveries, some of which date back 9,000 years.

The 41-year-old, who lives with husband Craig and five-year-old twins Luke and Jamie, has launched an online petition and has already collected 300 names.

She said: “The archaeology recently discovered at Didcot has sparked a lot of interest.

“The excavations included a large Iron Age village, ancient Neolithic and Mesolithic camps and other finds (including a late Roman flagon, right).

“With a little imagination these could form a great asset for the town and Great Western Park.

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“A walk like the Ladygrove Loop on the Ladygrove estate with information boards could address the history of the site. People could look at the boards and see the locations of where some of these artefacts were found – they shouldn’t just be in a museum somewhere.

“I have spoken to Taylor Wimpey to suggest this and they said some new streets could be given names to reflect the archaeological finds, such as Mesolithic Road or Barrow Close, but I don’t think that’s enough.

“I would like to be able to take my kids over there when they are a bit older and say ‘look what was once under here’. I’ve put a petition online calling for the trail and I’m hoping to get the support of Didcot town council and Harwell parish council.

“I’m not sure how much this would cost but there would be ways of funding it from various sources, including the National Lottery and contributions from the developers.”

Nick Hards, town councillor for All Saints ward, said: “I think a trail would be brilliant – I’m lobbying the developers on this.”

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2:57pm Wed 24 Apr 13

Diddy OX says...

Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not!
What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it!
Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not! What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it! Diddy OX
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8:38pm Wed 24 Apr 13

ddmile says...

Funding would be sought from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the arts fund already allocated to Great Western Park and developers.

This isn't a GWP initiative by the way - it's people in Didcot trying to save some of it's history rather than losing the lot under concrete along with our countryside...
Funding would be sought from National Lottery Heritage Fund, the arts fund already allocated to Great Western Park and developers. This isn't a GWP initiative by the way - it's people in Didcot trying to save some of it's history rather than losing the lot under concrete along with our countryside... ddmile
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12:12pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Diddy OX wrote:
Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not!
What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it!
You miserable so-and-so! Someone's suggested a great idea which will not cost YOU anything and will help to preserve our history! How can that be a bad thing? It's not about bringing in visitors, it's about appreciating that every town has a history, and that even places which have a negative reputation have people living there who value their locality. It's a shame that Didcot can't shake off the negative image as there are so many positives about living there, but with small minded individuals like you the rest of the town has its work cut out.
[quote][p][bold]Diddy OX[/bold] wrote: Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not! What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it![/p][/quote]You miserable so-and-so! Someone's suggested a great idea which will not cost YOU anything and will help to preserve our history! How can that be a bad thing? It's not about bringing in visitors, it's about appreciating that every town has a history, and that even places which have a negative reputation have people living there who value their locality. It's a shame that Didcot can't shake off the negative image as there are so many positives about living there, but with small minded individuals like you the rest of the town has its work cut out. Feelingsmatter
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1:13pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Diddy OX says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
Diddy OX wrote:
Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not!
What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it!
You miserable so-and-so! Someone's suggested a great idea which will not cost YOU anything and will help to preserve our history! How can that be a bad thing? It's not about bringing in visitors, it's about appreciating that every town has a history, and that even places which have a negative reputation have people living there who value their locality. It's a shame that Didcot can't shake off the negative image as there are so many positives about living there, but with small minded individuals like you the rest of the town has its work cut out.
Oh dear Feelingsmatter now are you sitting comfortably then I'll begin!
Thanks for your reply there really was no need to throw in rudeness but as you started it it's only fair that I lower myself to your level just for a moment and tell you in no uncertain terms to "get a life!"
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Diddy OX[/bold] wrote: Wow! A neolithic trail on a housing estate that will really pull in the visitors to Didcot not! What a complete waste of council taxpayers money, accept the street names or have a wip round on your own estate and not expect the rest of Didcot to pay for it![/p][/quote]You miserable so-and-so! Someone's suggested a great idea which will not cost YOU anything and will help to preserve our history! How can that be a bad thing? It's not about bringing in visitors, it's about appreciating that every town has a history, and that even places which have a negative reputation have people living there who value their locality. It's a shame that Didcot can't shake off the negative image as there are so many positives about living there, but with small minded individuals like you the rest of the town has its work cut out.[/p][/quote]Oh dear Feelingsmatter now are you sitting comfortably then I'll begin! Thanks for your reply there really was no need to throw in rudeness but as you started it it's only fair that I lower myself to your level just for a moment and tell you in no uncertain terms to "get a life!" Diddy OX
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