The Blackden Trust was founded to preserve, explore and share a very special piece of history unique to an acre of land in the Parish of Goostrey.  The soil there has yielded evidence of human activity dating back to the Stone Age, 10,000 years ago.  Flint tools, bronze objects, sherds of pottery and other objects show that the site has been occupied ever since.  Alan Garner is just the most recent inhabitant, but he is the first to recognise the ancient history of the land and to realise that it must be preserved for future generations.  In 2004 Alan, his wife, Griselda, and their friend, Patsy Roynon, founded The Blackden Trust. 

There are two Grade II listed buildings on the site; Toad Hall, the late Medieval home of Alan and Griselda, and The Old Medicine House, a Tudor timber framed building from Staffordshire that the Garners saved from destruction by dismantling it, repairing and rebuilding it at Blackden.  It is now home to the Trust and its activities.

 A lively community of volunteers among them, Sixth Formers, teachers, historians and archaeologists, scientists, writers and musicians, continue to discover and tell the stories of this ancient site. Creativity thrives here and the past is brought to life. It is a magical place.

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        Sarah McNaught

        Managing Director



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