Monday, 10 October 2011

Event - Digging deep for interesting finds (Kirkby Hardwick)

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are hoping to discover some interesting finds during a two week dig at Kirkby Hardwick manor house.

The dig will culminate in a Heritage Open Day on October 15 from 10am to 4pm where members of the public will be able to go along to find out more.

The dig is being carried out by Kirkby and District Archaeological Group and the county's community archaeologists.

It was funded by Notts County Council's Local Improvement Scheme.

The ruins of the house, situated behind Sutton Parkway Station in Sutton-in-Ashfield, have a history stretching back to the 13th Century with Cardinal Wolsey staying there in 1530 and Charles I being garrisoned there soon after the attack on Newark Castle.

The house was demolished in 1966.

Ashfield MP Gloria de Piero, Notts County Council Cabinet Member Richard Butler, who heads the Local Improvement Scheme funding panel and representatives from Ashfield District Council will attend the dig on October 14.

Guided tours of the excavation will be carried out during the open day and people will have the chance to talk to archaeologists.

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