History and Heritage
Travelling through the Stour Valley offers visitors a window into the past, offering days of exploration, as it reveals its hidden treasures one by one. The landscape has been shaped by the underlying geology and human development, and there are examples of prehistory at several locations along the river valley.
The valley has long been of interest to archaeologists, and several digs have been undertaken – the findings of which can be found at heritage centres and museums in the area. The Stour Valley is also nationally significant area for historic churches, and each has a unique story to tell.
Soaring ‘wool churches’ dominate the valley landscape, as strong faith and great prosperity built exceptionally large and magnificent churches with lavish architecture. Visiting these impressive buildings provides inspiration to anyone with an interest in historical architecture and the heritage of these rural communities.
History & Archaeology Visitor Guide
Travelling through the Stour Valley offers visitors a window into the past, offering days of exploration, as it reveals its hidden treasures one by one.
Use this guide to plan your adventure into history!
Churches of the Stour Valley Visitor Guide
The Stour Valley is a nationally significant area for historic churches, and each has a unique story to tell.
Be inspired to explore this heritage and history with this guide.
Heritage, History and Archaeology Podcast
To provide visitor information and inspiration, a series of Visit Stour Valley podcasts has been produced.
Episode 3 – Heritage, History and Archaeology in the Stour Valley explores the how the landscape and the people of the valley has changed and evolved over time, and where visitors might go to experience a glimpse into the past