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Thursday, June 14

Grosvenor Park: The Latest Thoughts from Trench II:

This trench has produced interesting archaeology of several periods. Two 18th-19th century field drains run north-south across the site. These were commonly used to improve poorly drained land. One is lined with clay pipes, whilst the other has bricks along the base.

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.

posted by Cheryl Quinn at 12:34



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