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Watching Brief

Date 5 May 1999

Event ID 545802

Category Recording

Type Watching Brief


In 1999 a watching brief was carried out during the laying of a new pipeline along the west side of the castle. During the second world war this area had been occupied by a camp (see NN74NE 14:15) housing Polish soldiers and a few of the camp buildings are still standing. During the watching brief snow obscured the base of the excavated corridor. The pipe trench excavation, however, revealed brick and concrete rubble, remains of former World War Two camp buildings, a sewer, and a cast iron pipe. Below the building remains truncated garden soil 0.20m thick had survived in places. Where the corridor intercepted the roadway between the Chinese Bridge and the Castle, an alignment of natural stones laid flat formed a kerb for an earlier road surface. Apart from the kerb no remains of earlier garden features were observed.

R Cachart 1999

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