Monthly Archives: March 2014

WW2 Air raid shelters discovered at Ashburys railway yards Manchester

Oxford Archaeology North are under taking the archaeological evaluation of the former railway yards and associated buildings to the east of manchester centre. Volunteers have also been helping from Tameside Archaeological society and Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society Four air … Continue reading

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Open day Cheetham park

This was the last day for dig with events for the public. The weather was horrific with very heavy freezing showers. However some people managed to find out what had been learnt about their local park. Most people were surprised … Continue reading

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Penultimate Day

Dodging a few heavy hailstone loaded showers was the order of the day.  Site was cleaned ready for the open day tomorrow when everyone is welcome to come and  see the site, check out the finds and also have an … Continue reading

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Day 10

Today more effort was put into recording. Trench two was completed and  trench one started. Vicky provided home made cake and was careful with her sectioning! Some features were also tested today including some drains cuts.    

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Day nine, sun is back and everyone is happy!

Today saw some new starters. A cellar was gradually been cleared of its rubble fill exposing a blocked in cellar window. This may indicate that the ground level at this side of the house may have been much lower than … Continue reading

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Day 8 no time for artist use of the trowel today!

The day was given over to the weather (yes it rained), mainly heavier excavation methods used and gridding of the site. No attempt to work in trench 2 with its clay base. However Stuart managed to reach the base of … Continue reading

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Day 7

A connection with Doulton pottery showed up today. A possible connection with Lambeth based pottery date as yet unknown. Trench two has now definately moved back in time to possibly the construction phase (lacking any pottery but fragments of buidling … Continue reading

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Visit to St Leonards, Middleton

A TAS social visit to the oldest church in Greater Manchester. Many thanks to Geoff Wellens local Historian for an excellent educational tour.

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Cold Saturday

Today saw YAC arrive on site and another group of fresh diggers. New cellar corridors started appearing and also the mystery of a possible blocked entrance to the cellar from the outside. Trench two has been extended to test the … Continue reading

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Cheetham park Dig approaching halfway

A sunny start to the day  but cooled significantly by afternoon. However trench two kept providing pottery finds, pipe bowls etc. Steve was working down in the top of a cellar corridor and discovered a doorway in the cellar.

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