Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Historical finds uncovered at Grimsby archaeological site

A swathe of historical finds including a coin, pendant and pottery have been unearthed by archaeologists excavating in trenches alongside the River Freshney in Grimsby.

Prior to work starting to transform the Garth Lane area, PCAS Archaeology were drafted in to search for evidence of a bygone age when this part of central Grimsby was integral to the shipping, fishing and water transport life of the town.

The investigations focused on the bank of the medieval West Haven and at the southern end of the west side of the post-medieval Alexandra Dock.

A JCB was used to break the surface of six deep trenches to a level where the experts then took over, digging by hand with an eye for the detail and any important finds. Hundreds of years of reshaping the area did frustrate their efforts to find evidence of the medieval waterfront.

In 1986 a waterfront from that era was found close by during excavations at the Riverhead and the historical and archaeological evidence suggests that a wharf did exist here from the medieval period or earlier.

Simon Savage, Field Officer for Lincoln-based PCAS Archaeology explained how, for structural reasons, the dig’s evaluation trenches could only go so deep. The most important historical material therefore would lay even further down, he said.

While not finding any direct historical evidence, the team did expose the outline of a Victorian-era cellar in one trench, an old jetty in another and medieval pottery – although it is believed that was within dumped materials from elsewhere in the town. A single bronze pendant, likely to be a pierced coin from the medieval period and expensive at the time, was also discovered.

“The direct evidence of wharfs was not found. We were however limited as to how much we could excavate, and the likelihood is that this is much deeper,” said Simon, who added how the materials found would be taken away, cleaned, documented and then returned to North East Lincolnshire.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.


Latest posts

CEMEX to mothball South Ferriby cement plant

Following a period of consultation with Employee Representatives and Unite the Union, CEMEX has confirmed it will mothball its South Ferriby Cement Plant. This will...

O’Brien’s Opticians – purveyors of luxury eyewear since 1979

O’Brien’s Opticians has been located on Wrawby Street in Brigg for over 40 years. A nationally recognised and acclaimed practice being runner-up in the...

Huge heap of waste dumped near Fulbeck

An appeal for information has been launched by South Kesteven District Council after a huge heap of rubbish was found dumped near Fulbeck. SKDC's Environmental...

Past week sees 42 new local cases of COVID-19

42 new cases of Coronavirus have been reported locally in the past week. While on Sunday 5 July a total of 3,341 cases had been...

Step inside this serene family home

Boasting open farmland views of Fenland Countryside, this idyllic detached period farmhouse is placed on a 0.65-acre plot down a quiet lane, close to...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.