The team were back at the watermill site again on this dull summer's day. After a long dry spell, there was heavy overnight rain soaking the whole site. In the case of the Machine Room currently being investigated this washed the mud off the recently exposed brick floor whilst also filling other areas with water. Originally everyone was concerned that, since the water is getting level with the pond, it might rise and pour in, but so far it seems to drain off fairly well. (phew!)
The team were back at the Winnall Mill site again on this lovely autumn day. It still being the holiday season, there were a few members missing, but those who came continued with the previously excavated areas. Sam, now back from his holidays, trowelled the remaining soil in the Machine Room, proving conclusively that the collapsed brick floor did not continue right back to meet the edge of the machinery pit, currently filled with water.
Continuing on at Winnall, the group shovelled and whellbarrowed the top layer of rubble and soil from the Machine Room Floor, which is getting less easy to access. After the soil was set on one side it was checked over for finds, of which there were quite a few.
Despite the overnight rain and the rapid advance of autumn, the site was still accessible for the team continue their work. Most of the Machine room floor had been exposed and now required cleaning up ready to be drawn. The remains of the outer walls or shell of the Mill House had been drawn in the past, but not the recently excavated brick floor, which appears to have been damaged during the collapse of the building or by a heavy piece of machinery falling on it.