Tribute to Lindow Man 30 years on

Local people who remember the discovery of Lindow Man on the Moss may be surprised to be reminded it was 30 years ago last weekend, on 1st August 1984, when the exciting archaeological finding was unearthed.

To mark this anniversary, Transition Wilmslow organised a Dawn Walk on Lindow Common and Lindow Moss.

Professor Anthony Jones, one of the organisers of the walk, said "The discovery itself was very dramatic. Rick Turner, Cheshire's County Archaeologist at the time, recalls being shown a well preserved human right foot and skin of the lower leg by peat cutters under about a metre depth of uncut peat. After skilful excavation and analysis by the British Museum, Lindow Man was hailed as Britain's first bog body. He is believed to have been killed, probably during a ritual sacrifice, by two blows to the head and garrotting, after which he was left face down in the peaty waters. The acidity of the peat kept him well preserved over the years."

Professor John Handley, who led the walk, said "Today's Dawn Walk was a tribute to Lindow Man from Transition Wilmslow. We started out in darkness by Black Lake, listening to the swallows in the reed beds, followed by a walk on to the Moss itself. After a series of evocative readings about Lindow Man and the Moss, we joined the Wildwood Seed group for a druid ceremony on the peat excavation site, where the spirit of Lindow Moss and its inhabitants was honoured and celebrated and a wreath was placed in a bog pool in memory of Lindow Man."

This was one of a series of events designed to raise awareness of the Moss from local community group, Transition Wilmslow.

Jean Hill, a member of the group, said: "We would really like to see the Moss restored as a site of great historic, ecological and natural significance for the people of Wilmslow. We have published our vision for the Moss on our website and we continue to work with a strategic partnership of interested groups to take this work forward. Our next event is a Day School on 18th October at the Wilmslow Guild."

Photo: Lindow Man on display at the British Museum in June 2010 by Mike Peel (

A tribute of bog flowers to Lindow Man from the members of Transition Wilmslow.

Lindow Man, Lindow Moss, Transition Wilmslow


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 4:37 pm
Cheshire's Historic Landscape Assessment (2008) described Lindow Man as , "one of Cheshires ( and Britains) most spectacular finds". You would never know this given how little publicity it is given in Wilmslow and in Chesire East.
John Jennings
Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 5:50 pm
It's a shame that this event was not well publicised.I walk on Lindow Common daily and there were no notices posted at either car park.Quite a few people that frequent the common including myself would love to have taken part.
Lisa Reeves
Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 5:53 pm
It's a shame you missed it John, we did publish an article in advance on Wednesday 23rd August,

It was also listed in our events calendar for several weeks and on the home page in our Featured Events section, as we thought it would be of interest to many of our readers.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 6th August 2014 at 8:02 am
Another piece of hi-jacking by London - Pete should be on display in the North West.
Wednesday 6th August 2014 at 3:37 pm
There should certainly be permanent display boards on Lindow Man in Wilmslow library produced by the County's archaelogical service in conjuction with Manchester Museum.
Dave Cash
Thursday 7th August 2014 at 6:51 pm
The BBC World Service 'Witness' programme remembered the discovery 30 years ago, in the early hours of this morning (Thurs). The 'witness' interviewed was the Rick Turner. My only disappointment was the body was referred to as 'Lindow Man'. 'Lindow Pete' was never mentioned. An interesting 15 min programme if avail in a podcast.