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Unit Superheaters Engineering, Swansea

Dean, Brian (2008) Unit Superheaters Engineering, Swansea. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology undertook a field evaluation at the Unit Superheaters Engineering Works, Swansea on behalf of Unit Holdings Ltd and DFWJ Ltd. Two trenches were excavated revealing substantial standing structures relating to the historical use of the site and large volumes of dumped deposits that progressively raised the ground level. Significant quantities of kiln and pottery waste debris were recorded at depth in Trench 1 and, along with standing stone walls recorded within Trench 3, are likely to represent the preservation of the Cambrian Pottery works that occupied the site in the late 18th century - mid 19th century. Structural remains relating to the subsequent late 19th-century Patent Fuel works and later use of the site were encountered within Trench 1 cut into the upper levels of made ground but, significantly, these had not disturbed or truncated the remains of the pottery works. A photographic record undertaken in 1965 of the riverbank reclamation and historical North Dock Basin infilling, alongside the present assessment and recording of the current upstanding historical remains, demonstrate that the river wall, quays and docks all remain substantially intact within the site boundary. The dwarf stone wall at the eastern end of the northern factory unit also predates the current building and appears to originate as a boundary fronting the river side.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Evaluation
Subjects:Geographical Areas > Welsh Unitary Authorities > Swansea
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
ID Code:37
Deposited By: Alan Gillott
Deposited On:23 Jan 2009 10:33
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 14:21

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