Rolling Stone helps uncover history
ROLLING Stone Bill Wyman has been making rock history for the past five decades – now he is helping uncover some.The Suffolk superstar, who lives in Gedding, near Stowmarket, has allowed a team of archaeologists into his fifteenth century moated manor for the first time.
ROLLING Stone Bill Wyman has been making rock history for the past five decades – now he is helping uncover some.
The Suffolk superstar, who lives in Gedding, near Stowmarket, has allowed a team of archaeologists into his fifteenth century moated manor for the first time.
Parts of the 66-year-old rocker's vast estate have been excavated to reveal the history lying beneath.
The work was carried out as part of the Channel Four television series, Time Team.
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The guitarist, a founder member of the Rolling Stones, said: "I always watch the Time Team, having been interested in archaeology for 40 years.
"It's great that the programme has helped introduce so many new people to a subject that used to be seen as stuffy."
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Filming for the show took place on May 31 and it is set to be screened on Channel Four next week as part of the Time Team Big Dig.
Large parts of land close to the Tudor mansion were excavated during the show, although it is not being revealed if anything was discovered.
Mike Haugh, estate manager at Gedding Hall, which was built in 1491, said:
"Time Team want to come back and there's obviously lots of history here and it went really well.
"Bill enjoyed it as well and was with them most of the time. That's his interest and he's been doing it for years. We've had discovery people here before and he's really into it."
Mr Wyman, who has lived in Gedding Hall for the past 34 years, is currently writing a book about the history of the Gedding, the hall and its surrounding area.
Mr Haugh, who has been estate manager for five years, said: "Bill has been interested in history for years and he wanted to write a book about the local area.
"He's been writing it on and off for several years."
Mr Wyman, who lives with his wife, Suzanne Accosta, and children, Katie, eight, Jessie, seven, and Matilda, five, is currently in London pursuing business interests but spends most of his time in Suffolk.
He is now involved in a new band, Rhythm Kings, which was formed in 1997 following his split from the Stones in 1993.
He is also promoting his recently released book, Rolling with a Stone, which chronicles the history of the band.