The final archaeological dig of the Radcliffe Tower project concludes on Saturday (16 May) with an invitation for the public to see what has been discovered.
The previous dig in September 2014 found tantalising evidence of the medieval manor house near Tower Street. The current dig planned to follow the finds towards Church Street East, where Tower Farm once stood.
The open day is from 10am to 4pm and as previously there will be guides on hand from Salford University’s Centre for Applied Archaeology to help interpret what can be seen, which includes finds of pottery and glass. The adjacent St Mary’s Church will host displays and offer teas and cakes.
After the dig the excavations will be filled in and work will continue on repairing the Tower until the end of June. In the summer it is intended to landscape the site, erect information panels and depict the outlines of historic buildings in the ground. The project should be complete in September.
The current dig has been funded by Dig Greater Manchester, the current repair work to the tower by £54,408 from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) and the overall project has been funded by a grant of £266,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Further information: http://www.archaeology.co.uk/digging/fieldwork/dig-greater-manchester.htm
Press release issued: 12 May 2015.