Last Saturday Nwag was invited to have a 'table' at the Tardebigge Canal Open Day beside the Birmingham to Worcester Canal, with whom the team had already established links earlier this year when they were approached to help excavate the lime kilns. Unfortunately this work is being held up at present due to asbestos having been found on the site.
Nwag members Ian and Jan attended and were made very welcome by welcome by Bill and fellow members of the Canal Canal Trust volunteers. There was also a display of finds, including some ironwork consisting of heavy thick chain, large nails, bolts, and hooks. There was also quite a lot of broken glass bottles and an amusing old rusty ‘corned beef’ tin.
Tardebigge is very picturesque, with the longest canal tunnel in the UK, an old Lock Keeper's Cottage and possessing the most locks in England. The history of the canal was told, explaining how its barges once carrying coal to Birmingham and its role in taking supplies to Cadbury's in Bournville. Any trip on the canal would be truly lovely and there might be one on the trust’s very own barge 'Cecelia' in October.
Because it was a very wet day it may have affected the low number of visitors, but everyone was offered shelter on the'Cecelia' with lovely home-made cakes and tea and coffee made available.
Tardebigge Lime Kilns Open Day (Photo by J.Price)
The Tardebigge Lime Kilns (photo by J.Price.)
On Wednesday the team returned to Winnall Mill to work on several areas of the site in the hope of unravelling a few more mysteries.
Sam and Julie investigating more of the leat
Six of the nine members working in the October dappled sunlight
Ian was delighted to find two small stoneware pots.
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
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.
Roger Moore's table top "show and tell" display (there are NWAG flyers on the table too.)
Well done Roger! NWAG look forward to working with you in September.
Newsletter for Wednesday April10th 2019
Find of the day, uncovered by one of our metal detectorist Tina.
PHOTOGRAPH OF A FULL SCALE CAR OF THE ONE FOUND BY TINA.
SNBEAM - TALBOT 3.4 LITRE.
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!
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.
Gareth checks out the site.