Investigations at Elizabeth Castle, Jersey

Posted on 7 September 2017

York staff carry out archaeological recording of the 16th century castle

3D reconstruction of the castle's hospital. Credit: Dav Smith

Archaeology staff from the University of York have recently been undertaking archaeological recording at Elizabeth Castle in conjunction with Jersey Heritage.‌

This stunning castle, located on a tidal island within the parish of Saint Helier, dates back to the 16th century, with the site growing and changing through to its occupation by the Germans in the mid-20th century.

 Helen Goodchild carries out a gradiometry survey. Credit: Dav Smith

This pilot fieldwork project has focussed on the rare early 19th century hospital block and its curtilage buildings. Over 3 days, Dr Matt Jenkins undertook documentary research at Jersey Archives, Dr Dav Smith recorded the hospital’s standing fabric, and Dr Helen Goodchild completed a geophysical survey of the neighbouring green.

Photo: Dav Smith