The team (well five of us) returned to Winnall Mill armed with strimmers and secateurs to prepared the site for our annual CBA open day (see the events page). The photos below shows what it looked like when we first arrived and then how it looked by the time we left. Quite a difference. Well done team! It was a hot and humid day so the insects were nibbling, despite us having sprayed every exposed part of our flesh with instect repellant. We will be back again next week to finish off and put up signposting, etc.



Before work




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Terry putting up an advertisment for our open day


We hope to see as many of our readers at the Open Day tours, which is free. There will be a tent displaying our work on this site since 2010 as well as work on other recent sites, plus, of course, the all important refreshment tent. For those of you who have not yet been, you will find it a very interesting day out in a lovely rural setting. 


Northwag News for 28th June 2017

  • · Published June 28, 2017 · Updated June 29, 2017

We held a meeting at the Lenchford Inn this morning.  Nine of us worked our way through the plans for the Open Day at Winnall Mill, on 29th and 30th of July 2017.  Francesca read out a list of all the societies she will be contacting and the parish magazines that will be listing the event.  The direction arrows for the self-guided walk are ready, there is a bit more work to be done on the self-guided walk returnable handout. 

Northwag News update for 12th April 2017

Today we met at The Lenchford Inn for a meeting.  Top of the agenda was our planned Open Day at Winnall Mill as part of the Council of British Archaeology, Festival of Archaeology. We intend to show folks around the mill remains and the more recent discoveries. To save the guides having to walk down and back to the car park with visitors, we have devised a self-guide walk plan.

Northwag News Wednesday 12th July 2017

  • · Published July 12, 2017 · Updated July 27, 2017

A small turn out today for the work in hand.  Two jobs were identified, the first a very urgent search for something that had caused three tyre punctures on the drive way up to the Furnace site.  Terry found the offending piece of metal by using his strimmer to clear the ground.  Then Tina S with her trusty metal detector ‘Sherlock’ found the remains of another seven stakes.  The offending one was removed by Terry.  (Photograph below).  A 50mm spike of metal protruding above ground.  An alignment of the positions of the metal fence has been recorded and two more of them will be removed in the coming weeks.


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This photograph shows the metal spike, which had been puncturing so many tyres.



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 This innocent piece of metal punctured Terry’s, Margaret’s and Steve’s tyres.


Meanwhile Margaret had been given the task of forming steps in a ridge of ground leading down to a barbed wire fence numbered as AB3/-3 on a marker stake.  Arduous work on a very warm day.  Janet filled in several previously made augured holes.  The next job in hand was to clear the cliff side with the trowels and more muscle power while spades were set aside.   A most dainty small clay pipe was unearthed with a lovely bowel and a separately found stem.  The bowl was uncovered under a piece of stone and one could imagine the old smoker sitting on the stone enjoying his pipe.  Other pieces found were pottery, various types of hard stone-like material and possibly iron ore.  All to be analysed by the Geologists at a later date.  Hot and dirty work but with great finds.


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Some of the finds found whilst clearing the cliff face. AB3/3-W