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 concluded that no additional structural support to the Black Lane carriageway is necessary.
Top of exposed Black Lane pinfold retaining wall 22 June 2015.

Top of exposed Black Lane pinfold retaining wall 22 June 2015.

Exploratory Excavations 22 June 2015

Exploratory Excavations 22 June 2015

Consequently, subject to planning permission being granted, it is expected that it will be possible, within existing budget limitations, to excavate all of the infill material and complete full restoration of the pinfold.
The exploratory excavation confirmed the infill material to be a light friable sandy material with a high organic content. Two bottles and an earthenware jar were unearthed. The exploratory excavation was immediately backfilled and a planning application will now be submitted.
Artefacts found during Whiston Pinfold Exploratory Excavations on 22 June 2015

Artefacts found during Whiston Pinfold Exploratory Excavations on 22 June 2015

The largest bottle is inscribed “Marston’s Limited Burton on Trent”.    The little glass bottle has just the letter “P” on the bottom – does that suggest “poison?”     The glazed earthenware pot is inscribed “Not genuine unless bearing W.P.Hartleys Label” – perhaps an early jam jar?