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HBC Field, Ditton, Cheshire - Watcing Brief

Jamieson, Vickie and Clapperton, Kelly HBC Field, Ditton, Cheshire - Watcing Brief. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In 2005 Halton Borough Council (Planning Reference 05/0948/FUL) submitted proposals for the construction of a Strategic Rail Freight Park at Ditton, Widnes, Cheshire. As the proposed development is situated adjacent to Lovel’s Hall, a medieval moated manor and a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM 13435), Cheshire Shared Services (CSS) Archaeology and Planning Advisory Service requested that a programme of archaeological watching brief be undertaken during initial ground works associated with the development. In response, AMEC Environment and Infrastructure UK Ltd produced a Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI; Appendix 1) and Oxford Archaeology (OA) North was commissioned to undertake the archaeological works, which took place between August and December 2012. The watching brief comprised the monitoring of three main elements: the trenching for drainage and manholes associated with the new access road; the topsoil strip of Areas A and B for the new access road and associated landscaping; and the excavation of eight test pits. To the north of the railway two drainage trenches were opened on either side of the new access road, and several manholes were excavated along the side of the westernmost. The trenches and manholes comprised a silty topsoil (1000), and darker sandy-clay natural geology (1002). To the south two further drains were excavated. One along the western edge of the new access road, which comprised topsoil (1000), subsoil (1001), and natural geology (1002), and the second, following an existing north-east/south-west aligned track, consisted of crushed brick and gravel hardcore. No features or finds of archaeological interest were identified.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cheshire
ID Code:3425
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:08 Dec 2017 08:48
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 08:48

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