Next Spinney Dig – Sat 24 Mar, from 9.30 till 12.
Do come and join us if you can. Refreshments provided.
Our last session was marred by rain and general bleakness. We did however manage to sort our collection of finds and pruned a few trees in the Spinney itself. Now we need to recover impetus out of doors, especially in uncovering the western (school-side) extent of the cottages’ footprint.
We were very fortunate to have a visit from Martin Buckland last week, who was on camera with John Tolson, talking about Shrieve Cottage bricks, its a very interesting watch!
The Festival of Archaeology Open Day was held on Saturday 22 July, and in typical British style was hampered by the weather. It poured down all day, which meant that very little digging was done, but luckily those that did attend were welcomed by tea and cake and lots of inside activities, which included a mini dig for the children and a display of the finds, maps and photos of the dig to date. There was also an opportunity to investigate a little further into the finds which uncovered a few small clues to the past inhabitants life.
John Tolson had kindly prepared a trailer to show what we had been doing at Shrieve Cottages, which is shown below
During our last two digs we have been very excited to finally uncover the remaining chimney structure, including the iron guards. The brickwork is stunning, and also includes more of the Harper & Moores named bricks from Stourbridge.
We are still working very hard to continue our excavation towards the chimney stack. Amongst the bricks we have discovered a coin, which we will endeavour to clean up and let you know the specific details of the find.
We were very excited during this dig, in our aim to clear the area from the room to the chimney, we have made some new and interesting finds. We have started to unearth finds of oyster shells, which have a history of being found at other archaeological sites in the area. We have also finally uncovered a red brick, of which we have found rather a lot, which holds a manufacturers mark.
We are very lucky to have attached to the school a piece of land which was purchased by the “Friends of Sunningwell School” to provide us with an area for outside learning. The site used to house “Shrieve Cottage” which was demolished c.1943. It is our ultimate aim to provide the school with a raised platform area where lessons can be undertaken, however, first we wish to uncover the foundations of the cottage along with any archaelogical finds that we may come across to help us improve what we know about the cottage and the local area. We are priviledged to have the Abingdon Area Archaelogy and Historical Society help us with this huge task. Below are a few photos of the digs to date. Please contact us if you can help us in any way with this project.