0015…Savages Wood and Feature

owlA History of STOKE GIFFORD & Nearby Parishes
Edited by Adrian Kerton


This structure has not been previously recorded.

It is probably the footings for a pack bridge.

I used to walk stream beds in the hope of interesting finds. I found this in Savages Wood so I took some photos. The right hand bank has been reconstructed as layers of building plastic sheet are embedded.  Dave Baker sketched it in detail.

This feature is not seen on the 1725 estate map or 1840 Tithe Map but there is something on later maps perhaps just a bridge though the foundations seem quite elaborate.


Savages Wood o s 1881

Photos by Adrian Kerton

01_Savages_Mill_cutting [FM]

As you can see care was taken to shape the stones

02_Savages_Mill_LHwall1 [FM]

03_Savages_mill_LHwall2 [FM]

04_Savages_Mill_RHwall1 [FM]

05_Savages_Mill_RHbank1 [FM]

Shows plastic sheet embedded in the bank about a metre down.

06_Savages_Mill_RHbank2 [FM]

Are these wooden remnants part of the original stucture?

07_Savages_Mill_RHbank3 [FM]

08_Savages_Mill_LHbank [FM]

The woodside bank.

09_Savages_Mill Sketch

Savages Wood Feature 1800 Maps

Savages Wood – David Baker

 Savages Wood may be on the site of the ancient forest that covered Britain after the last Ice Age. A haven for plants and wildlife, it was maintained for many years by farmer Howard Davis for enjoyment by local people. During World War 2 a decoy airfield with cardboard aeroplanes was constructed west of the wood. New trees planted north of the wood compensate for those felled to create Bradley Stoke Way. Two ponds have been created as a habitat for protected newts. Savages wood is the youngest of the three nature reserve wood. Initially built for coppicing it was later preserved by the owner ( Mr. Davis of little stoke farm) as a nature reserve.

Savages Wood Marker

Additional photos by David Baker Click on a image for a large view