Oh what a difference a day makes 🙂
Yesterday I was saying how we were finally getting though the demolition/landscaping debris and today we were confirming within Trench 15, behind the chapel a couple of cuts, possibly a foundation cut of a wall … that’s right, Trench 15 … we have a new trench.
Not only that, we have also excavated a trench against the Chapel wall following a successful application for Scheduled Monument Consent to Historic England. Although early days on this one, we have uncovered what maybe some of the rubble or platform material on to which the chapel was constructed.
To the rear of the house, on the opposite side of the moat, the excavation of the garden area and ditch (Trench 9), recorded on the 1829 Estate Map continues. Nigel, Roger and Ellen have been hard at work over the last few days trying to establish the bottom of the ditch (thought to be an early overflow of the moat) and the full depth of the garden soils. All of which will be important for our environmental analysis in regards to determining what was grown at the site in the past.