Pinfold Restoration- Work gets underway

N & J Tree Services staff in mid excavation

N & J Tree Services staff in mid excavation

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 him to sensitively excavate the material.   The infill comprised a rich loamy soil, containing a considerable quantity of old glass bottles and earthenware requiring a wheelbarrow to cart them away for washing and further study to help date the period when the pinfold was filled in.

 

A selection of early 1900s bottles from the Pinfold Dig on 12 Oct 2015

A selection of early 1900s bottles from the Pinfold Dig on 12 Oct 2015

Representatives of the funding providers and organisers met on site later that afternoon to view progress.

Ken Unwin Chair Kingsley Parish Council, Elsie Fallows District Councillor, Ivan Kent Project Secretary, Mike Worthington County Councillor and Sally Bentley of the Churnet Valley Community Grant Scheme.

Ken Unwin Chair Kingsley Parish Council, Elsie Fallows District Councillor, Ivan Kent Project Secretary, Mike Worthington County Councillor and Sally Bentley of the Churnet Valley Community Grant Scheme.