Newington History Group is here to research the past of Newington and the surrounding area but also to record the present to leave an archive for the future.

We know prehistoric man shared the area with mammoths many thousands of years ago, that our Iron Age and Roman predecessors had a thriving manufacturing centre here and that it was passed from one owner to another in the mediaeval and Tudor periods. 

More recently, we have seen an earlier Newington emerge in a significant excavation of a well-preserved Roman small town.

We think it is fascinating area and look forward to sharing with you here the ongoing research and recording that we are doing.

Latest news
  • NHG saves Roman temple

    We're delighted that, thanks to SWAT Archaeology and NHG, the remains of a Roman temple uncovered at Watling Place, are no longer going to be built on. Instead, the flints have been removed and the foundations will be rebuilt in the village in the correct alignment and to the original design. 
    The Romano-Celtic temple was excavated as part of a year-long archaeological investigation at the Persimmon Homes development in the village. It formed the 'star attraction' in a well-preserved industrial settlement covering the late Iron Age and Roman periods. 
    Other features include sunken pottery kilns, late Iron Age iron furnaces, evidence of crop-drying buildings and, perhaps most surprisingly, a significant road, probably pre-dating Watling Street.
    The temple is flanked on two sides by the road, suggesting it was of some importance. Sadly, what remained was not of sufficient archaeological importance to justify halting the planned development. However, the combined efforts of SWAT Archaeology and NHG mean that the foundations can now become a key educational heritage attraction in the village. 

  • Who says children don't get history?

    A unique project means pupils at Newington Primary are loving it!

Story of the week
Roman small town - latest discovery
Archaeologists working on the Roman small town in Newington have found several tracks over the last year, as well as the main thoroughfare around the temple. With the main area now fully excavated, they're concentrating on the north/south track that appears to run across what would have been Watling Street. 
They've revealed that the trackway has late Iron Age foundations that were upgraded in the Roman period, possibly to provide a bypass for the main road that appears to have been closed by a land slippage.
And look, you can see the ruts left by the many carts that must have rumbled over it in its heyday!