This week sees archaeologists arrive in Grimsby town centre to begin exploratory work on land that may contain historic artefacts dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.
The area around the River Freshney basin will be transformed as part of a multi-million-pound scheme to revitalise the Haven area.
But before work begins, the historical importance of the area requires the deployment of Lincoln-based PCAS Archaeology.
With work expected to take up to a month, the team will dig in several areas, without disturbing the footbridge. While sectioned off for safety, passers-by will be able to view what is going on.
“The Garth Lane site has the potential to reveal evidence of medieval activity ranging from occupation, industry and all sorts of activity that people undertook,” said Will Munford, Director of PCAS Archology.
“Of particular interest is the potential for evidence of the use of the wharfs and the history of the fishing fleet.
“We are interested in how the current land use developed by finding out what predated the existing river frontages and if there is evidence of earlier medieval wharfs.
“ We can already see some preserved timbers on the frontage, and we hope to be able to link these to secure archaeological layers so that we can understand their significance.”.
As an inward point of the river, this area was known to be occupied by some of Grimsby’s earliest settlers and since then it has been pivotal in the town’s progression – it was where Collinson’s boatyard operated, and the Esther was constructed.
Legend also says it is the site where Grim, the founder of Grimsby, was said to have landed, after saving the infant Prince Havelock of Denmark from the sea.