This is to wish all of our reader and our members, both past and present,

a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year!!

 

Keep safe and we look forward to hearing from, meeting and/or working with you again next year and hope that the Covid situation does not interrupt our activities too often. 

 

swag geo

In the photo S.W.A.G are shown doing the initial geophysical survey of the Russell Pipe kiln's location in Cripplegate Park. For over 50 years this bottlekiln had produced claysmoking pipes for local people (both men and women) to fill with tobacco. The manufacturer's name was even stamped on it. This site was well known, being positioned according old map close to other associated buildings as well as workers living quarters. 

 

 

roger explains

 The team receive a briefing

A team of volunteers, mostly from Northwag, were brought in to help out for a whole week by opening and excavting the three necessarytrenches. On the basis that the subterranean remains of the bottle kiln had been accurately located, after a quick briefing from Site Director Roger Moore, two targetted trenches were then dug to find the circular edge. Most of the first layers of each trench were filled with general building material, which was not surprising since the area had been flattened back in the 1960s. In the 1800s John Russell is believed to have built a row of 20 houses there (Russell Terrace) where many of the kiln’s workers lived. Even so, among these were found numerous pieces of pipe and other finds that according to our expert on hand, Malcolm, hinted at the definite presence of a former kiln.

what we are looking for

Roger Moore pointing to photo of similar kiln at Broseley Pipeworks in Shropshire

By Wednesday the work was only halfway through, so hopefully there will be an update about this exciting dig by our next newsletter.

North Worcestershire Archaeology Group is following government advice that everybody should stay at home apart from getting essential supplies, so they are suspending their activities until further notice.

If you require more information, please contact us via the website.

Many thanks Regards Francesca

Eight members turned up today for another session to assist the Cathedral team in excavating the long courtyard drainage trench (as seen below). Although the infill is a combination of soil and CBM that's been mixed up over the years so that the contents are no longer in their original context (if ever they were), a variety of finds from the different eras have come to light, including bones, tiles, slag and pottery.

north

A northerly view of the trench.

According to Chris Guy, the archaeological site director, a known building once stood here and the particular area being worked above is the kitchen area, with the dining area located to the left of the photo. So perhaps it's not surprising that a number of animal bones have been found!

 

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Two of the many items after cleaning.

 

southSince several stones at this end of the Trench were found arranged together with the remains of mortar between themthe possibility of  wall crossing the trench is now being investigated. 

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Investigating the possibility a of wall.