Project Summaries 2007
108. Mill Hill Farm, Dinnington, Building Recording
A photographic record and associated background research was carried out at Mill Hill Farm, Dinnington in January 2007 in order to comply with a planning condition in advance of the proposed conversion of the farm buildings for residential use.
109. The Camelia House, Westfield School, Building Recording
A photographic and drawn survey record was carried out in relation to the Camellia House, Westfield School, Gosforth in January 2007. This was undertaken as a mitigation exercise in advance of the demolition of the structure.
110. East Cramlington Golf Course Assessment
An archaeological assessment on a proposed golf course in East Cramlington, south Northumberland. The proposed site comprises some 72 hectares of land within the area between the A189 to the west, the B1326 to the east, Stickley Farm to the north and East Cramlington to the south. Limited recording and evaluation recommended.
111. Carlisle FAS, Pumping Station, Evaluation
This report describes a programme of archaeological evaluation trenching conducted during January 2007 to inform a proposal by the Environment Agency to construct flood defence works within the BT Depot beside the confluence of the Little Caldew and Caldew rivers.
112.Carlisle FAS, Dacre Road and Castle, Evaluation
This report describes a programme of archaeological evaluation trenching conducted during December 2006 to inform a proposal by the Environment Agency to construct flood defence works within and adjacent to the scheduled envelope of Carlisle Castle SAM (National Monument No. 27657).
113. Carlisle FAS, Parham Beck, Evaluation
This report describes a programme of archaeological evaluation trenching conducted in Willow Holme Industrial Estate during January 2007 to inform a proposal by the Environment Agency to construct flood defence works along the line of Hadrian’s Wall on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and Parham Beck.
No further work recommended.
114. Armathwaite Hall, Landscape Analysis
This document represents an Historic Landscape Analysis of the setting of Armathwaite Hall Hotel, near Bassenthwaite in Cumbria. The analysis relates to a planning application made by Armathwaite Hall Hotel Ltd in 2005 to establish an 18 hole golf course and associated 9 hole junior academy on land adjoining to the Hall. This application was rejected, partly on grounds relating to landscape and cultural heritage issues.
115. Monument Park, Sunderland, Assessment
An archaeological assessment of a proposed development site on the east side of Pattinson Road in the Pattinson North Industrial Business Area, Barmston, on the east side of Washington. No further work necessary.
116. Wiselaw Mill, Lauder, Scottish Borders, Assessment and Historic Building Recording
An archaeological assessment and photographic record was completed prior to the conversion of steading buildings north of Wiselawmill farmhouse.
No recommendations are presented on the basis of this assessment for any further archaeological work.
117. West Throphill Farm, Meldon, Stable Range Building Recording
A photographic record was carried out at West Throphill Farm, Meldon in January 2007. The work was undertaken as part of the mitigation strategy for a development involving the conservation and conversion of the building as part of a residential development.
118. Keel House Site, Newcastle upon Tyne, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief carried out during site clearance and levelling works on the site formerly occupied by Sallyport Garage, Causey Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne. Documentary and evaluation work carried out in 2003, 2004 and 2006 provided contextual information, suggesting that the site was of low archaeological potential despite its adjacency to the line of the Roman Military Way and the Newcastle medieval town wall extension, and position within an area of post-medieval settlement.
No remains of archaeological significance were disturbed during the groundworks.
119. Hethpool Mill and Stone Circle, Northumberland, Watching Brief
The Northumberland National Park archaeologist required an archaeological watching brief to be carried out during the excavation of an electricity service trench and new pole sites.
No further archaeological work is required in connection with the present scheme.
120. Tarset Archive Group Farm Surveys 2007, historic buildings surveys of 10 farms in the Tarset region of Northumberland - Burdonside, Burnmouth, Rushend, High Thorneyburn, Greenhaugh Farm, Tarset Hall, The Sneep, Burnbank, The Newton and Highfield - produced in cooperation with Peter Ryder.
121. Proposed Water Supply from Stanton Road to Abshiels, Stanton, Northumberland,Watching Brief
Northumberland County Council Conservation Team required an archaeological watching brief to be carried out during the excavation of a water supply trench where it crosses the site of the shrunken medieval village of Stanton, to the north of Selby House in a field next to Stanton Road.
No further archaeological work is required in connection with the present scheme.
122. Newcastle School for Boys, Newcastle, Building Recording
A photographic record was carried out at Newcastle School for Boys in March 2007 in order to mitigate any negative effect upon the cultural heritage of the area caused by the demolition of various ancillary buildings associated with the main school, including two wooden sheds of early 20th century origin.
123. Mitford Castle Conservation Project: Phase 2 Conservation Works, Archaeological Watching Brief
A programme of archaeological monitoring was carried as part of consolidation works at Mitford Castle, Northumberland
124. Eastlands, Elmfield Road, Gosforth, Historic Buildings Record
Research was carried out on Eastlands on Elmfield Road. Historic building plans, maps and trade directories were consulted.
125. Benwell Hill Cricket Club, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested in order to monitor the demolition and replacement of a garage in the south-east corner of Benwell Hill Cricket Ground, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne. The watching brief was required due to the close proximity of the works to the line of the Vallum ditch of Hadrian’s Wall which runs along the adjacent West Road.
No further recommendations are made with respect to the present development.
126. St. Peter’s Campus, Charles Street, Sunderland, Evaluation
This document reports on archaeological evaluation trenching conducted to inform a proposal for development on the site of a proposed Sixth Form College on the west side of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of St Peter’s, Sunderland.
The nature of remains found upon the site does support a recommendation for further archaeological evaluation or mitigation by avoidance.
127. Wingates Village Atlas, Archaeological and historical study of a Northumbrian township
The Wingates Historic Village Atlas Project was initiated by the Wingates History Group, on behalf of the local community, under the Coquetdale Community Archaeology Project. The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is supported by Coquetdale Community Archaeology Project which is jointly managed by the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Northumberland County Council and the Rothbury and Coquetdale History Society. The finished report includes mini studies of all of the farms in the areas, oral histories, aerial photographs and an historical synthesis of the wider township.
128. Yorkshire Dales National Park Private Places and Public Spaces Project
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Village Heritage Project is a collaborative project between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and local communities in Swaledale, Wensleydale and Bishopdale. The main products of the project are a series of Appraisal Reports and Action Plans for the selected historic villages in the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park (YDNP). The Archaeological Practice Ltd was commissioned to prepare the Appraisal Reports in April 2005. The project embraced the following villages: Aysgarth (Wensleydale); Carperby (Wensleydale); Castle Bolton (Wensleydale); Grinton (Swaledale); Gunnerside (Swaledale); Hardraw (Wensleydale); Keld (Swaledale); Low Row (Swaledale); Muker (Swaledale); Newbiggin (Bishopdale); Sedbusk (Wensleydale); Thoralby (Bishopdale); Thornton Rust (Wensleydale); West Burton/Walden (Bishopdale).
129. Hareshaw Iron Works, Evaluation
This document reports on archaeological evaluation trenching conducted to inform a proposal for the construction of a children’s play area on the site of Hareshaw Ironworks, Bellingham, North Northumberland.
The investigation of the site by archaeological trenching revealed structural remains at depths between 0.5 and 0.8m below the present ground surface. The nature of remains found upon the site supports a recommendation for mitigation by avoidance.
130. West Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was carried out on West Denton Road and West Denton Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, in order to monitor the excavation of an electric cable trench for NEDL. The watching brief was required due to the close proximity of the works to the vallum of Hadrian’s Wall.
No structures, deposits or finds of any archaeological significance were recorded.
131. The Old Garage Site, Falstone, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was carried out on the site of the Old Garage, Falstone, North Northumberland, during the excavation of foundation trenches for a residential development. No archaeological features, deposits or finds of any archaeological or historical significance were encountered during the works. No conclusions can be derived from this work with regard to the position and character of the putative medieval and early post-medieval village of Falstone.
132. Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested to be carried out at Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, in order to monitor the excavation of a service supply trench for OPENREACH. The watching brief was required due to the close proximity of the works to the Town Wall ditch.
The excavations encountered and removed the remains of modern mixed deposits. No structures, deposits or finds of any archaeological significance were recorded.
133. Warden Flood Alleviation Scheme, Northumberland, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was carried out at on land known as Hard Haugh, a low lying flood plain, on the north bank of the River South Tyne, near Warden, 4km to the north west of Hexham. The watching brief was requested in order to monitor the works associated with the Warden Flood Alleviation Scheme.
No finds, features or deposits of archaeological significance were revealed in any of the areas subjected to surface stripping during works on Hard Haugh associated with the Warden Flood Alleviation Scheme. It is concluded, therefore, that no archaeological remains of significance were disturbed during the works.
134. Woodbine Cottage, Holystone, Northumberland, Archaeological evaluation, June 2007 (for Mr & Mrs Blyth-Jones)
135. Nenthorn Stables, Nenthorn, Kelso, Historic Buildings Record, (for Mr Renton, Architect) An historic buildings record and associated background research undertaken in July 2007 in conjuction with Peter Ryder.
136. Blencow Hall, North Tower, Archaeological excavation, July 2007 (for Mr & Mrs C Rowley)
The excavations carried out at Blencow Hall, North Tower in July 2007 revealed the remains of three stone drain courses, two of which were well-preserved. The drains contained a dark, silty deposit containing bone & tile fragments and some gravel. Following further analysis of the finds from the excavation and a full report on the excavations will appear in Peter Ryder’s report on the archaeological monitoring works carried out during restoration works. The remains uncovered are of some archaeological significance and merit preserving in situ.
137. High Street and Brewery Lane, Rothbury, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested by the Northumberland County Council Conservation Team at High Street and Brewery Lane, Rothbury, in order to mitigate the potential impact of trenching for the provision of electricity supplies by NEDL.
No features, deposits or finds of archaeological significance were observed in any of the trenches, each of which was excavated on the line of existing service trenches.
138. WC at Union Quay North Shields, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested to be carried out on Union Quay, North Shields, in order to monitor the works associated with the demolition of a public toilets block adjacent to the site of Clifford’s Fort, for which Conservation Area Consent was granted.
As only the concrete surface was removed and not the levelling deposits underneath, no archaeological deposits of any sort were observed or disturbed.
139. Half Moon Inn, Gateshead, Building Recording
A photographic record was carried out in relation to The Half Moon public house, standing adjacent to the railway arches on Half Moon Lane. This was undertaken in July 2007 as a mitigation exercise in advance of demolition.
The report concludes that the building is of some architectural merit and interest in the context of its historic setting. The building is extensively cellared as a result of which it is thought unlikely that archaeological remains are preserved within the site.
A watching brief was recommended in order to carry out further recording during the demolition of the building.
140. Market Lane Tavern, Building Recording and Watching Brief
A photographic recording was undertaken at Market Lane Tavern, on the corner of Pilgrim Street and Market Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne. The work was carried out in July 2007 in advance of the refurbishment of the bar area. A watching brief was undertaken during the stripping of the interior walls.
141. James William Street, Sunderland, Assessment
This report constitutes a desk-based cultural heritage assessment of an area of land on James William Street, Sunderland, in advance of redevelopment.
The assessment indicated that the area of James William Street was part of the original settlement of Wearmouth, dating back to the early medieval period. It was recommended that the archaeological potential of the site should be explored by means of archaeological trial trenches.
142. Heart of the City, Access and Audience Development Report, September 2007 (for Newcastle City Council and The Dene of St Nicholas Cathedral)
143. Buttery Hall, Cheswick, Northumberland, Historic Buildings Record, September 2007 (for Madden Design and Build)
An historic buildings record and associated back ground research. The project was completed in conjunction with Peter Ryder.
144 Bassenthwaite Lake, Historic Landscape Analysis
This document represents an assessment of the historic landscape between Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in order to inform the development of proposals to improve water quality in Bassenthwaite Lake, which is currently being undertaken by the Newlands Beck and River Derwent Restoration Project within the wider framework of the Bassenthwaite Lake Restoration Programme.
145 Union Hall Farm, Durham, Assessment
This report constitutes a desk based cultural heritage assessment for the proposed redevelopment of buildings and land at Union Hall Farm, Brasside, County Durham. It is recommended that archaeological evaluation should be carried out on 3-5% of the area due to be disturbed by excavation down to sub-soil level. It is further recommended that the surviving section of the Lambton Railway embankment should be recorded in its current context and left intact by the proposed developments.
146. Coplish Burn, Rothbury, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested by the Northumberland County Council Conservation Team on the course of the Coplish Burn, Rothbury, in order to mitigate the potential impact of trenching the aim of which was to locate the position and assess the state of a stone culvert through which the burn is channelled towards the Coquet.
No features, deposits or finds of archaeological significance were observed in any of the trenches.
147. Hexham Road, Newcastle, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was carried out at 44 Hexham Road, Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne, in order to monitor the excavation of an electricity service trench for the replacement of an electricity cable. The watching brief was required due to the close proximity of the works to the line of the Vallum ditch of Hadrian’s Wall.
The watching brief recorded no deposits or finds of archaeological significance.
148. Cockle Park Tower, Morpeth, Historic Buildings Photographic Record
An historic buildings record, including rectified photograph, was undertaken at Cockle Park Tower, Morpeth a 19th and 20th century experimental farm cluster around a late medieval tower.
149. Garden Inn Site, Sunderland, Assessment
This report constitutes a desk-based cultural heritage assessment of an area of land occupied by various 19th and 20th century buildings on and behind the former Hind Street, Sunderland, as part of work preliminary to the redevelopment of the area for Sunderland University.
The proposed development site is situated on the outskirts of the presumed early medieval settlement of Bishopwearmouth.
It is recommended, that prior to its demolition an historic buildings record is prepared for the Retort House and adjacent limestone walls. It is also recommended that those parts of the site likely to be subject to groundworks during the proposed redevelopment are archaeologically evaluated by trenching to determine, whether any putative settlement remains associated with early Monkwearmouth survive.
150. Stanley Casino, Forth Street, Newcastle, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested to be carried out to the south of Stanley Casino, Forth Street, in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. This was in order to monitor ground disturbing work associated with building a single storey smoking shelter. The construction of the shelter was undertaken upon a terrace of made ground overlooking Hanover Street. It is concluded, therefore that no remains of cultural heritage importance were disturbed during the works.
151. Throckley Filling Station, Assessment
An archaeological assessment was carried out inadvance of redevelopment on the filling station site, Hexham Road, Throckley.
The available evidence indicates that the proposed development site lies upon the course of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier complex, with the site lying between the curtain wall itself and the vallum to the south. It is likely that the Roman Military Way cuts across the centre of the site.
It is recommended that the proposed new builds should make use of these original footings/areas of disturbance.
It is further recommended that any additional new build developments not on the line of the original footings should be constructed in the north part of the site. The archaeological potential of any such new build should be evaluated by means of a trench. It is further recommended that an archaeological evaluation trench should be excavated in the western part of the site adjacent to the south-east corner of the garage workshop building.
Finally, prior to the demolition of the present structures on the site, they should be photographically recorded internally and externally.
152. Eppleton Quarry, Sunderland, Archaeological Assessment
This report constitutes a desk-based cultural heritage assessment undertaken by The Archaeological Practice Ltd at the request of Blackett, Hart & Pratt LLP for a proposed extension to Eppleton Quarry, Sunderland.
It is concluded that there are no known sites of specific cultural heritage interest to be recorded or evaluated within the assessment site, but on the basis of contextual evidence it is recommended that further investigation is carried out in order to evaluate the potential for the existence of sub-surface features and artefact scatters.
153. Eastfield Coach House, Warkworth, Historic Buildings Record,
A photographic record and associated background research was carried out in relation to The Old Coach House, Eastfield Hall near Warkworth. The building has had little of interest beyond the unusual range of three segmental-arched openings in the north wall, and some evidence that earlier fabric is incorporated in the west wall of the main block, where other structures formerly abutted. Consequently, the modifications being made to the building as part of the present phase of redevelopment and refurbishment do not impact upon features of more than local historic interest.
154 Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was in order to mitigate the potential impact of trenching for the provision of electricity supplies by NEDL. The watching brief was duly carried out on a trench cut along the east side of Percy Street which extended across the road to the west.
No features, deposits or finds of archaeological significance were observed in Trench 1, other than the footings of a wall of probable post-medieval or modern origin. No remains of any significance were observed in Trench 2 or Trench 3, which were excavated to a relatively shallow depth in modern made ground below modern road surfaces.
155. Forth Street, Newcastle, Watching Brief
An archaeological watching brief was requested by Newcastle City Council, to be carried out at Forth Street railway arches, in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, in order to monitor strengthening works to Arches 8, 9 and 15 being undertaken by May Gurney Rail.
No further archaeological work is required in connection with the present scheme.
156. North Birks Farm, Building Recording
A photographic record and associated background research was carried out at North Birks Farm in May 2007. The report concludes that the farm-buildings complex was built in stages from the late 18th or early 19th century onwards, but was substantially complete in its present form by the end of the 19th century.
The detached cart shed to the south-east of the main group seems more recent than the main group, and could be of late 19th or early 20th century date, although it is possible that it incorporates part of an earlier structure at its east end.
157. Hillgate Quay, Gateshead, Archaeological Evaluation,
An evaluation was carried out on Hillgate Quay, Gateshead in November 2007, based on the recommendations of an archaeological assessment. Three trenches were opened which revealed 18th century cellars and medieval walls. Further larger scale excavations are to be undertaken in early 2008.
158. Eldon Square Redevelopment Scheme 1, Archaeological Watching Brief,
An archaeological watching brief was carried out during groundworks on and adjacent to Percy Street between August 2006 and November 2007.
No archaeological remains of any significance were destroyed during the groundworks which, it was concluded, had no negative impact upon the cultural heritage of Newcastle upon Tyne
159. Throckley Filling Station, Archaeological Evaluation
An evaluation was undertaken at the Throckley Filling Station site following archaeological assessment. It was recommended that the well-preserved remains of a surface, likely to be the Roman Military Way, that was uncovered during excavation should be preserved in situ without further disturbance.However, the construction of buildings, roads or ancillary features over the line of the Military Way should be allowed if a suitable Scheme of Works can be agreed with Newcastle City Council and English Heritage. It is recommended that development works are contained within the footprint of existing buildings.