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Furnace Hill, West Bar, Sheffield - Archaeological Excavation Assessment Report

Gardner, C and Frudd, Andrew (2015) Furnace Hill, West Bar, Sheffield - Archaeological Excavation Assessment Report. Project Report. OA North. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Esharoth UK Ltd secured planning permission (06/04556/FUL) in 2006 to redevelop a site and construct residential apartments at the corner of Furnace Hill and Gibraltar Street in the West Bar area of Sheffield city centre (centred on NGR SK 3524 8784). Until then, the site housed a twentieth-century office and warehouse building, occupied by Sheffield Wholesale Linoleum Co Ltd. An archaeological desk-based assessment of the site was undertaken by Archaeological Research and Consultancy at the University of Sheffield (ARCUS) in June 2006, which concluded that potential below-ground remains of high local/regional significance might survive within the redevelopment area. The South Yorkshire Archaeology Service therefore recommended that a programme of intrusive archaeological investigation was implemented in advance of redevelopment. On behalf of Esharoth UK Ltd, CgMs Consulting commissioned Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) to conduct the archaeological investigation prior to redevelopment. The overriding aims of this excavation were to provide a detailed record of belowground remains and, in turn, to allow informed decisions to be made to the scope and form of any further archaeological work required at this site. Following the completion of on-site works, the development fell into abeyance, until the site was recently acquired by Ladson Group, which has commissioned the completion of this report. The earliest archaeological remains uncovered during the excavation dated to the eighteenth century and were associated with a steel works owned by Samuel Shore, which is known to have occupied the site during this period. These remains were very fragmentary, but included a boundary wall, a cobbled yard, and the vestiges of brick walling. Although these remains were located, no structural features associated with Samuel Shore’s cementation furnaces survived within the excavated area, although such features are known to have been present at this early steel works.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > South Yorkshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:2728
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:16 Feb 2016 08:39
Last Modified:29 Nov 2018 11:14

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