Saturday, 22 October 2011

News - 'Fascinating dig' at Old Manor House uncovers mix of artefacts (Kirkby Hardwick)

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig on the site of the Old Manor House in Kirkby Hardwick has revealed interesting finds.

The two week excavation, which culminated in a Heritage Open Day, discovered a 17th century clay pipe, 2000BC flint, a Tudor earthenware cistern, Chinese export porcelain and 18th century Notts salt-glazed stonewares.

Carried out by Kirkby and District Archaeological Group and the county's community archaeologists, the dig was funded by Nottinghamshire County Council's Local Improvement Scheme.

The Old Manor House, the ruins of which are behind Sutton Parkway Station off Penny Emma Way, dates back to the 13th century.

Cardinal Wolsey stayed there in 1530 and Charles I was garrisoned there after the attack on Newark Castle.
The Manor House was demolished in 1966 and much of its footprint was lost under waste from Summit Colliery.

Local MP Gloria De Piero attended the dig along with Richard Butler of Nottinghamshire County Council and local councillors John Knight, Steve Carroll and Rachel Madden.

Two former residents of the Old Manor House, Geoff Shirley, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, and Betty Kirk, from Ravenshead, were among volunteers who took part in the project.

Geoff said: "I have very fond memories of living on this site as a child so I was fascinated to come back and try and trace aspects of my childhood."

County council archaeology leader Ursilla Spence said: "This site has proved to be a fascinating dig. We have uncovered a mix of artefacts and as a result have built up a remarkable picture of the area."


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