There were only four members on site today, due to late holidays or people being unwell, etc. It was dry and cloudy, brightening later, and recent rain had dampened the ground. An excavation of the rear floor (South) of the Mill House behind the machinery pit by Jennie, Tina and Keith revealed a bricked area laid directly on top of stone. A small storage area?

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Southern end of Machine Room floor 

Further along the same back stone wall beneath fallen devris another strange feature was found - a hole in the worked stone partly filled with a yellow brick. Is this an improvised drain?

 

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A view of the Machine Room floor (East wall)

Once Margaret had drawn the brick floor area, Keith, after removing a few bricks as directed, explored an area beside the east wall that simply looked like a deep water-filled hole. This exposed yet another layer of brick flooring beneath the floor! Another surprising discovery was more of the rusted metal sheeting found in an earlier part of the dig while excavating the westerly side of the floor.

It can be safely assumed that this metal sheeting runs all the way beneath this part of the floor and that it confirms it was added as protection from the problem of intermittent rising water levels.

 

 

 

 

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