In the upper soils we found numerous musket and pistol balls which we think came from a skirmish between Protestants and Catholics in the grounds of Cholmondeley's mansion in 1641 - a year before the outbreak of the Civil War. Numerous Catholics were killed in the firefight and buried some-where nearby.
Running west-east across the centre of the site is the foundation trench for a large late Medieval timber building. We didn't expect to find Medieval buildings of this scale in this location. It may have been a barn or some other form of storage building. Towards the back of the site we found a spread of rubble which may be Roman; perhaps a yard surface or the remains of a demolished building. We anticipate several other Roman features await discovery in this area.
In this trench we also found:
A tin-glazed ware tile made in Seville, Spain in the first half of the 16th century. Tiles such as this are very rare in Chester; they may have been used in small decorative panels.
A lead weight decorated on each side and with a hanging loop at one end. It may have been used as a plumb bob or some other hanging weight or counter weight.