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Warrington’s Travellers’ Rest Stones

A stepped stone inscribed with the words Travellers Rest.

Historic England has added two new list entries and has revised four existing entries for stone seats designed by Warrington resident, Dr James Kendrick, to allow migrant workers to rest on the journey between Liverpool and Manchester.

Change to HER Search Charges

From 1st April 2023 the following charges will apply. These charges cover a licence to reuse Historic Environment Record information for commercial purposes. Large research projects are advised to contact the Historic Environment Record to discuss their requirements and a licence charge may be applicable. No charge is made for any follow up visits to the HER …

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Publication of the Excavations at Saighton Army Camp, Huntington, Chester

A report on excavations at Saighton Camp has recently been published by Archaeopress. It is available to buy as a paperback book and also as an Open access PDF ebook. Excavations at Chester. Roman land division and a probable villa in the hinterland of Deva reports on excavations carried out by Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA) at …

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Historic England’s Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer

Minshull Vernon Moat

Historic England have launched a new web site, the Aerial Archaeology Mapping Explorer, which makes the results of over 30 years’ of aerial photograph mapping projects undertaken by Historic England and its predecessor organisations since the late 1980s, as well as many partner organisations, freely available online. Hundreds of thousands of aerial photographs, ranging in …

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Roman Middlewich Excavation Open Day

Romano-British Pot

Join the staff of Oxford Archaeology North for a guided tour of the current excavations at Roman Middlewich. The site, which is located on the back plots of several Roman buildings, has so far uncovered evidence of Roman industrial activity, including including timber lined wells, salt tanks and kilns, as well as intact Roman pots …

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Grosvenor Park Excavations 2021

Grosvenor Park Dig 2021 team photo

The 15th season of excavations in Grosvenor Park, Chester took place this year from 19 April – 14 May. The excavation, run by West Cheshire Museums, is a partnership project with the University of Chester and provides training for the Department of History and Archaeology second-year students. The 2020 season was postponed and shortened to …

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The Archaeologists are back in Grosvenor Park 2021

The annual archaeological excavations in Chester’s Grosvenor Park have returned for four weeks until 14 May run by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the University of Chester. Maria Byrne, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director, Environment and Communities said: “The excavations are part of a project to discover more about the landscape …

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Historic Environment Record (HER) COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)UPDATE – 22 October 2020

HER Searches The HER is currently closed for visitors. If you have a commercial search you can still make a HER search request  but please note that the this will take longer than usual as the HER staff are now working remotely. We can only be reached by email at present. General HER Enquiries There is …

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Grosvenor Park (Chester) Training Dig 2020: Round-up

This year’s excavation consisted of an extended Trench VIII which was first opened in 2017. Two extensions were added partly to investigate the extent of the medieval buildings, their later use and whether there was any evidence of Roman or earlier activity and partly to ensure that enough space was available to allow ‘safe distancing’. …

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Every year archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cultural Service (Grosvenor Museum) and the University of Chester run a training dig for the University’s second year archaeology students. The dig takes place in Grosvenor Park in Chester. The Park was chosen because it sits next to two significant historical monuments, the Roman amphitheatre and …

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