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.

Glass Bottles found in the Pinfold

Glass Bottles found in the Pinfold

At the lowest level of excavation a small horse shoe was found, possibly suggesting a pinfold connection with the packhorses that carried copper ore from Ecton Mine, near Warslow, to the Whiston Smelter located on the proposed development site to the rear of Ship Row Cottage on Black Lane.  In the 19th century the Duke of Devonshire owned Ecton mine, the smelter and the field where the pinfold was  built.  The smelter closed at the end of the 19th century around the time that the pinfold started to be used as a rubbish tip.  The stone from the demolished smelter was used to build Whiston Church in the early 1900s.

1814 Whiston Copper Tithe Map Copper Works Map pinfold site

1814 Map before pinfold was built

Fluted Glass Bottle

Fluted Glass Bottle

Metal Boot Rim

Metal Boot Rim

Dundee Marmalade jar

Dundee Marmalade jar

Woman's Shoe

Woman’s Shoe

Small Horse Shoe

Small Horse Shoe

All significant finds will eventually be recorded and included in an end of project report.