Monday, 6 February 2012

News - Fieldwork reveals civil war potential (Farndon)

Investigations into whether a field in Farndon was a key location during the English Civil War have revealed a possible earthwork defence.
Archaeologists using GPS equipment found a raised area down one side of the field, from the Fosse Way up to Wyke Lane.

Farndon Archaeological Research and Investigations (FARI) and Nottinghamshire County Council’s archaeology team investigated what lay beneath the field.

The work was paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.

Emily Gillott, a community archaeologist with the council, said the raised earthbank was a good place to look for a civil war defence.

A map of civil war defences showed that Farndon had an earthen defence.

Emily Gillott said if the defence was not the raised earthbank, then it could be lost under houses at St Peter’s Close and School Lane.

Other earthworks were discovered during the investigation, including the remains of medieval ploughing tracks and a holloway, again medieval, which would have provided a back lane for properties on Wyke Lane.

FARI will now decide what further investigation it wishes to carry out.

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