David Freke, MA DipAD, FSA MCIFA
Degree in Fine Art at Chelsea, Post Graduate degree in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, but swapped the library and the gallery for the tent and the trench as a peripatetic archaeologist. Became Urban Archaeologist for the Institute of Archaeology, London, and then director of Liverpool University Field Archaeology Unit working in the North West and the Isle of Man, where he survived racing sidecars in the TT. Joined a national environmental consultancy in Oxfordshire which brought him to Oxford over 30 years ago and ultimately to south Warwickshire, where he lives on a farm surrounded by the earthworks of a deserted medieval village. Perhaps coincidently he is interested in local and landscape history, and more recently in the vernacular products of early modern country masons, as exemplified in local churchyards.