Archives for October 2015

Importing Additional Stone

Excavation of the pinfold revealed that a considerable quantity of the original stone had been robbed out requiring an additional supply to be imported from a local sustainable source.  A supply of suitable stone was located 200m away on Whiston Hall Golf Club land near the industrial tramway bridge on Black Lane.  An approach was […]

The Start of Re-build.

Excavation of the pinfold foundations revealed the original wall to be of considerable breadth and of overall larger dimensions than expected.  The re-build will aim to replicate the original features as closely as is reasonably practicable  and  require considerable investment of staff hours. The walling time allocation in the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership multi-project schedule, is to be followed by further […]

The original entrance found

  Following mechanical excavation to remove the bulk of the infill material hand digging was necessary to expose the foundations of the original walls.  The work was undertaken by a team of volunteers from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Practical Projects Volunteer Group over a period of two days, under supervision of Andrew Brown Jackson, the […]

Objects found during pinfold excavation

During excavation numerous glass bottles and earthenware pots along with other articles were found.  Examples are shown on the following photographs.   Research so far suggests the bottles date to the period 1900 to 1915.   A Victorian halfpenny coin has been found and the remains of a woman’s shoe.  No clay pipe remains were found. At the lowest […]

Hand Digging to expose the original Foundations

Once mechanical digger excavation was complete, the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Practical Projects Volunteer Group hand dug the inside perimeter of the site to expose the original foundation stones, so that an assessment could be made of their suitability to support the re-build.

Pinfold Restoration- Work gets underway

Restoration of the village pinfold at the junction of Black Lane and the main A52 started on Monday 12 October 2015, with the main excavation of 72 cubic metres of infill material being undertaken by N & J Tree Services of Brown Edge.  Shaun Gratton expertly operated his very versatile digger with its universal joint bucket, enabling […]