A TALK is due to take place in Ashbourne this month by the leader of a history project that has unearthed ancient links with Ashbourne and a town in Bedfordshire.
Jean Yates, former town manager of Dunstable and now project officer at the Medieval Dunstable project, will be staying in the Ashbourne area from next week, for around a fortnight.
During her stay she plans to meet with people in and around the town to share knowledge and ideas from the two year, lottery funded project researching the history of Dunstable.
The town’s priory, which was located on a major trade route, has many historic links to Ashbourne and the surrounding areas - including Dovedale.
Hundreds of years ago several of the Ashbourne area’s churches were owned by Dunstable Priory which, as historians have discovered, was one of the most significant in the country.
Churches in Tissington, Bradbourne, Ballidon, Brassington and Atlow were owned by the Augustine Priory back in the 12th century and more historic links have emerged during the latest programme of research.
Mrs Yates, who gave a talk to Ashbourne’s 50+ Forum when her research began has invited people to come and hear her next talk, which will explain what other links have been found.
She will be speaking at St Oswald’s Church Hall on Tuesday, March 26 from 7.30pm.
Admission, which includes refreshments, is £3.
To find out more about the project visit www.medievaldunstable.co.uk and to speak to Mrs Yates about the project or her visit call 07850 638339.