Yet another foray this week to the old Water Mill that is revealing still more of its secrets. There were seven of the team present this week, mainly focused on the area known as the Machine Room within the ruined shell of the Mill House. The area at the front of the building is gradually being cleared back to reveal a brick floor that has,over time, been covered with soil and rubble.
Continuing on at Winnall, the group shovelled and wheel-barrowed 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.
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.