23rd June 2000
Progress report: Words and Pictures by Noel Boothroyd
To start with a strip 5m wide was excavated along the east side of the trench. Immediately below the topsoil was a layer of sandstone rubble, the remains of the medieval buildings that formerly stood on the site.
Some of the rubble seemed to form a feature of noticeably larger sandstone blocks in a line across the trench. When this was cleaned up, however, it was obvious this could not be a structure as the stones were slumped at all angles, and the most likely interpretation at the moment is that this is part of a 19th century land drain.