Beneath the shade of the Ash trees on a very warm July day members worked in two different areas at Winnall Mill. Today’s main task, though, was to learn the function of the mysterious piece of brittle metal sheet unearthed last week, Given where it was found, lying on the Machine Room floor, it was originally thought to be part of a bucket from the water wheel. But after carefully checking the dimensions of the wheel pit it was decided that the sheet was too big to be the bucket of the waterwheel.

Weekend 28th & 29th July 2018

After months of endless sunshine we unfortunately chose for our event the wettest and windiest weekend possible. It was intended to be held in tents in the grounds of the Cob House Country Park, which was a perfect setting for it, but the weather conspired against us!

Even so, we did manage to run it on the Saturday using the sturdier tents that survived the stormy night, and were visited by a number of interested visitors and old friends.

Another dry day in this long, hot summer was spent at Winnall Mill. There were only five of us present but we had a visits from a couple of members currently unable to dig. After last week’s exciting discovery in the Machine Room of a large dish (most likely in which the housewives used to leave their bread dough to rise) the team donned their wellies and continued to excavate the same building.

 

This week the group did some field-walking in a field near Wichenford. Over the past year the field had yielded a number of interesting finds spanning a long period of history, so the Wichenford History group arranged for some Geophys to be done on one particular area where the best concentration of finds were discovered.