There is a public school that looks a little bit like Hogwarts and an ancient church, Saint Wystan's, with a crypt.
In November 2017 a report was released from the University of Bristol following further excavations. Cat Jarman, a PhD student at the University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), said: “Our dig shows there was a lot more to the Viking Camp at Repton than what we may have thought in the past. It covered a much larger area than was once presumed – at least the area of the earlier monastery – and we are now starting to understand the wide range of activities that took place in these camps.”
Professor Mark Horton, who was also involved in the earlier excavations, said: “It is so exciting to be able to come back 30 years later, and to be able to use cutting edge archaeological methods to reassess our earlier work and conclusions. So much has moved on in archaeology since 1980s.”
In the garden of the vicarage next to St. Wystan's Church, the modern technology gave us a great new insight. Geophysics, including ground penetrating radar, revealed structures including paths and possible temporary buildings.Excavations showed these to be gravel platforms that may have held ephemeral timber structures or tents with deposits including fragments of Saxon millstones and a cross fragment from the monastery. Also found were broken pieces of weaponry, including bits of battle-axes and arrows, and evidence for metal working. There were substantial numbers of nails, two of which had roves, the particular feature of Viking ship nails, as well as several lead gaming pieces found as well. How exciting. A ship building site a few minutes away from my home.
There are no records indicating what happened to Repton after the Vikings raided. The next thing we know is the listing in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book. No listings for the pubs or cafes though.
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