Good News on Exploratory Excavation

The exploratory excavation took place in the presence of the SCC Highways Engineer, David Wymer, on 22 June 2015.  The remains of a drystone retaining wall parallel to Black Lane were found.  The copping stones appear to be absent but the rest of the wall appears present.  After conducting his examination, the SCC Highways Engineer […]

Date for Exploratory Slit Trench Excavation

The exploratory slit trench, approved by SMDC Planning Consultant, Teresa Critchlow, is to take place on Monday 22 June 2015 commencing at 8.30am. The trench will allow the SCC Highways engineer to examine the buried pinfold retaining wall and decide what, if any, additional support is necessary to the Black Lane carriageway. Black Lane will […]

Restoration Project – Funding Providers

The restoration project fund raising challenge, based on the current estimated costs of £8,533, is being met from the following sources:- £4,000 Grant – Moorlands Partnership Board. £3,000 Grant – Heritage Lottery Funded Churnet Valley Community Grant Scheme. £1,000 Grant – SCC Members Local Community Fund – County Councillor Mike Worthington.  £413 contribution – Kingsley Parish Council. £120 Personal […]

Soil Sample Testing & Exploratory Excavation

The soil sample has been analysed and the results are encouraging in that there are no significant levels of contaminants present.  Now that the contaminants issue has been eliminated, and prior to a planning application being submitted, the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Planning Consultant has authorised a slit trench exploratory excavation be undertaken to check […]

Whiston Village Pinfold Restoration Project

Briefing Note for information of BKV Judges Old maps show that a pinfold was built sometime between 1839 and 1879 at the junction of the A52 Ashbourne Road and Black Lane on the north edge of the village. It was a stone wall built square structure approximately 6m x 6m used to secure stray animals […]