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 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.

As we began our day's excavation in the grounds outside Worcester Cathedral the weather was, to start with, warm and sunny. The original reason for the trench below being dug was because the new toilet block inside the building needed a drainage pipe connected to an existing manhole. The floor inside the College Hall is approx 1.5 metres below the tarmac level so a deep trench was required to connect up to this system, giving the archeologists an excellent opportunity to investigate this outside area at the same time.


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The trench outside Worcester Cathedral where the team are seen working.

Whilst Keith, Tina, Ian, Karl and Terry dug down on to a very compacted surface,  Francesca and Julie were inside the College Hall cleaning finds already collected last week from the trench .

Finds washing in the Hall

Julie and Francesca washing finds in the College Hall at Worcester Cathedral.

Working on the Cathedra trench

Keith, Ian and Tina on the job, face with some very compacted building rubble.

Some of the pot sherds

Here is a sample of the pot sherds found by NWAG members today. These included three good-sized rims and a glazed medieval floor tile, not shown above.

By 14:00 hours the heavy rain started again, so we had to finish for the day. We hope to continue on next week.

Many thanks to Vanda Bartoszuk for sugesting the site to NWAG and big thanks to Chris Guy the Cathedrals Archaeologist for inviting NWAG to take part in this excavation.

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.