Volunteers investigate the chapel site

Despite the uncertain weather Friends of Saron were able to hold another successful Volunteer Day last Saturday.

Thanks for supporting this event are due to Jan, Steve, Sheila, Nicola, Frances, Andrew, Stephen, Simon, Phil, Rachel, Angela and David.

It was possible to complete some limited archaeological investigations on the ‘footprint’ of the chapel building. This work was carried out by volunteers under the supervision of community archaeologist Jan Bailey.

 

Laying out the position of the first test pit.

Laying out the position of the first test pit.

Work on the first pit continues.

Work on the first pit continues.

The first pit is completed.

The first pit is completed.

Litter is a continuing problem.

Litter is a continuing problem.

Working to expose the base of a side wall of the chapel.

Working to expose the base of a side wall of the chapel.

A second test pit is opened.

A second test pit is opened.

Accurate level readings are taken and recorded.

Accurate level readings are taken and recorded.

The second test pit nears completion.

The second test pit nears completion.

Disappointingly, the graves of two of Saron’s nineteenth century ministers who had been buried under their pulpits could not be located. Some interesting discoveries were made, however, particularly in relation to the construction methods which had been used to make it possible to place such a large building on what must have been a rather unpromising site.  A report of all findings will be written and entered onto the Historic Environment Record. It is intended that further details will be posted on this blog at a later date.

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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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