finds from the park

Some of the finds, note the mass of pipe bowls and stems

A few words from Roger - 
The project was featured in the local newspaper on two different days and I was interviewed on BBC Hereford and Worcester at the start and at the end of the dig. Many of the locals mentioned hearing the interviews and social media was also used to raise awareness.
 
The excavation was slightly disappointing in that we did not locate the kiln until the latter part of the week, but we now have firm knowledge of the location and depth. The City Archaeologist accepted it as a “proof of concept” and I will be putting together an extended scale, extended time excavation proposal for next year."

roger and shene

Roger with Sheena from WAAS

more clay pipes

More clay pipes

Mr Higgins field

Field-walking on Mr Higgins land on Wednesday.

 

Newsletter for Wednesday April10th 2019

 

lorry 1

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

 

TP mod car

PHOTOGRAPH OF A FULL SCALE CAR OF THE ONE FOUND BY TINA.

SNBEAM - TALBOT 3.4 LITRE.

 

 

 

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.  

Jans Tard 1

Tardebigge Lime Kilns Open Day (Photo by J.Price) 

Jans Tard

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 looking for the Winnall Mill leatJPG

Sam and Julie investigating more of the leat 

Nwag at Winnall

Six of the nine members working in the October dappled sunlight

Ian finds ink pots

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

wednesday morning

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 2

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

 

roger display3

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