Highlights from the Chess Valley Heritage Day
Did you know that copper needs to be heated to temperatures of about 11000C before it can be cast into a mould? This temperature can only be reached in a furnace using charcoal.
After cooling it can be filed and cold hammered to refine its shape and remove any rough edges. Copper smelting is just one of the things that people could learn about at the Chess Valley Heritage Day which took place on 18th March at Cholesbury Common.
Over 200 people donned wellies and umbrellas to learn about past traditions of the local area such as copper smelting, pigment making, flint knapping and medieval medicinal herbal remedies.
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A chalk stream, far-reaching valley views, a tucked-away Manor House and the mewing of red kites for company on this circular Chess Valley walk.
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