The site now starting to look respectable…
First cellar wall shows its head. Also unusual 2 square areas of cut stone forming a boed in area to the rear of the site (South wing), around one a wall has been built see photo?
A large load bearing wall on the northen side of the building , could be an outside wall.
Trench two produces a deep layer of levelling slag found across the site, hiding below the end of the day a clay slope with a possible linear feature , hopefully all will be revealed tomorrow.
Trench 2: Pottery mainly mocha wear, with a variety of banding 1870 – 1950. One peice of brown stone ware, a peice of yellow ware
Trench one: East west alignment of a pair of parallel walls, note the one on the right a wall has been built around the squared feature (another exists outside of the shot)
Trench one: first cellar wall pokes its head above the demolition.
The first day was helped by glorious weather . The rear of the house was the starting point for Trench One. A cobbled walk way with an external wall and drain suggested this could be the entrance to the south wing. Additional walls also started showing up. A second trench was located over some geophysical anomalies which may relate to a garden feature. This has not yet shown anything to a depth of 30cm.
All hands on deck in Trench One (rear of the Eastwood house)
Chris puts his hands together after overseer Kerry checks his trowelling in Trench two.
How many servants walked over the path since 1830? Note drains in cobbles and outside walling to left. This path leads to the Stable block.
A double wall, probably load bearing being cleaned.
Steve producing that straight edge much admired on a quality site!
Cheetham parks dog walkers had a surprise today as the the machines moved in. The area where the big dig was screened off whilst a digger started peeling back the soil layers to start revaling the parks hidden secrets.
TAS members assisted in the site preparation. TMBC has also been sassisting with sourching tables ( thanks ‘Debra’ and to the the Civic Hall Stalybridge for last minute assistance) for the small exhibition area.
Monday will see schoolchildren and volunteers entering the building! Spaces still availabe for next week.
Digger takes the day
TAS has put togother research material for exhibit at the next Manchester Dig series (Salford University) in Cheetham Park. Very litte was known about the families who lived at Eastwood House. A request went to the House of Commons and Dr Philip Salmon and Dr Kathryn Rix came to rescue. As part of thier duties they are producing a book on the Mps and associated history of parliament fim 1832 to 1945. This research material for the two MPs who lived at Eastwood House will be on display during the two weeks of the dig (10/3/14) with an open day with site tours (22/3/14).Click on this to have a look at their website
Look out in our events for a tour of ST leonards on the 16th March at 2pm
Rock in centre, note chisel marks
TAS have been surveying an area known as windgate edge. Several years previously a large rock with chisel marks was discovered and recorded by TAS. We returned today to survey the rock further and looking for evidence of any other form of quarrying.
TAS pulled pottery samples from its previous 10 years of excavations.
A database will be put together with samples of pottery.
Kerry went through how pottery can be classified and how some fragments can be dated from the processes avaiable to the potters at the time. Watch out for the database in the near future which can be used to assist regional pottery recognition.
Kerry discussing a fragment of iron glazed earthenware (C19).
20th February (7pm), Festival Hall, Denton, Kerry Beeston, is coming to help with a pottery workshop . TAS is putting together a pictoral pottery database for the public and other federation members to aid identifcation of regional pottery. If any wants to come please email kevin as space is limited. If anyone brings pottery please ensure that each has its own find number written on the pottery.
Pottery, transfer printed, 1862 – 1873
Following the success of two years of archaeological assessment of the park by TAS we were approached by Brian Grimsditch, Senior Archaeologist for the Centre for Applied Archaeology, Salford for the project to be expanded.
The dig will start on the 10th March 2014 and culminate on saturday the 29th with a public day of tours to the site.The event will include local schools and up to 20 volunteer diggers a day. TAS will also be probivding assistence during the two weeks with thier previous excavation experience on site.
An opportunity to unearth the former residence of the Cheetham family, Eastwood house. Built circa 1830. Check out our archives July 2013 for some photos from the last festival of arcaheology event.
To book on as a volunteer digger: Contact details available via http://www.salford.ac.uk/cst/research/applied-archaeology/community-engagement
TAS will be providing a small poster display opposite the Stable block for the two weeks of the dig for the public.
During the event a daily update will be available through this web site.
The mild weather has allowed TAS members to continue with excavations and geophysical assessments. During this periiod the focus is usually field survey and production of reports however the mild weather has allowed additional outdoor activites.