Newsletter for Wednesday April10th 2019


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Find of the day, uncovered by one of our metal detectorist Tina.


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Welcome to John who joined us on site and helped put the finishing touches to our new tool and finds shed.

(Not quite what John expected when he joined NWAG.) Many thanks to all the other enthusiastic members who also turned up to help in cold and wet conditions, and not a trowel in site! Well done!


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Sam and Tina getting one of the sites ready for a drone flyover.

 We also set out to prepare two sites for a drone visit. So many thanks to Andy (a friend of Keith's) who skilfully flew his drone over both sites for recording purposes. The pictures are amazing ans we can't wait to show the rest of the members the results.

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Gareth checks out the site.


Another busy day at Winnall Mill, and many thanks to those who turned up to help us get ready for our OPEN DAY Sunday 28th July.

All of the rooms/areas are now cleared of brambles and nettles with a light brushing to show features like the water heater and the two bread oven bases.

The tiled floor has been partly cleared for the invited visitor to get a closer look at some of the room's features. Only one photo taken this week showing the site as we left it last week. See below

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Early Wednesday morning on the 24th July 2019


Last Sunday Roger Moore held a "show and tell" exhibition, of the kind of building and pieces of clay pipes that he hopes to uncover in September 2019.

Terry went along to find about the research Roger has undertaken in advance of the dig and to see his display. Below are a couple of photos taken at the event that was held in Cripplegate Park in Worcester on Sunday 21st July 2019.


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Roger Moore's table top "show and tell" display (there are NWAG flyers on the table too.)


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Well done Roger! NWAG look forward to working with you in September.




A merry band of NWAG members and friends assembled to put up tents and arrange the cakes for the Open Day at Winnall Mill. It was a cool, overcast July day, but apart from a few spots, the rain held off.

53 members of the public with a few well-behaved dogs were greeted at the tents to sign in and receive directions down to the mill via the watercress beds, the small leafed lime and the

dams. Some people had travelled quite a distance to come to the mill, others were very local, from across the river or from just around the corner.

Terry and Francesca were talked off their feet, explaining about the history of the mill, how the wheel pit and the machine room worked and showing the layout of the living accommodation. We also showed the visitors the stable, the cart shed, the privy and the enigmatic cool store, some visitor even ventured along the leat.

The visitors asked us lots of questions, raised points that we couldn’t always answer, and pointed out oddities in the rocks or the bricks.

All in all, it was a very successful day and our visitors were generous in their praise and their money. Jane’s cakes very popular; thank you Jane for all your hard work in baking those great cakes.


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 View of remains of house and mill  from walkway above

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Visitors on Walkway, returning from a walk to the Leat.


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By the stable, Clare talks to interested visitor.


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Francesca explains the layout of Winnall Mill to a group of visitors.


Very interesting, pleasant walk through country to remnants of old mill - with good information talk on it. Good weather as well and more than ready for tea and cake(s)

Richard Hammon, Royal Leamington Spa.


Wonderful, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Plenty of help and information.

M Smith, Bewdley.

A very interesting 2nd visit. Many thanks

M E Jeynes.


Great to see all the work that has been done. Great people. Very informative. Special thanks to Jane.

Sue & Steve Southwick (SWAG).


What a great afternoon. Informative with lovely people. Thank you

B White.


Very interesting. These examples of ancient rural industries would be lost forever if it wasn’t for people like yourselves. Keep up the good work.

Jonathan and Catherine Clark.

Many thanks to Francesca for the additional text.