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Gibfield Park, Atherton, Wigan, Greater Manchester. Archaeological Evaluation.

Wild, Chris (2013) Gibfield Park, Atherton, Wigan, Greater Manchester. Archaeological Evaluation. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The evaluation comprised the excavation of a six trenches, which were targeted across the footprint of buildings depicted on historical mapping, and specifically the Ordnance Survey plans of 1849 and 1894. The results obtained from the evaluation demonstrated that well-preserved historic fabric survives as buried remains across the majority of the area investigated, with the exception of the northern terrace of the mid-twentieth century factory, where all archaeological remains had been destroyed entirely. The remains of archaeological interest that survived in the central and southern parts of the site mainly comprised walls, floors, yards and tracks, most of which were not depicted in detail on the sequence of historical mapping. The structures revealed within Trench 5 appeared to relate to a farmstead, or larger house, with a high-quality cobbled track to its rear. The structure within Trench 6, representing elements of the former Knight’s Farm, was of stone and brick construction, suggesting that it represented the earliest fabric on the site, possibly dating from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. The results obtained from the evaluation have demonstrated that buried archaeological remains of local or borough interest survive in-situ at a shallow depth across the central and southern parts of the site, and these are likely to be damaged or destroyed by the groundworks required by the proposed development. Whilst the archaeological remains are not of such significance to merit preservation in-situ, their damage or destruction during development works should be subject to appropriate mitigation. The scope and extent of any such mitigation would be devised in consultation with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, although it may be anticipated that a programme of further archaeological excavation, with a commensurate level of

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Greater Manchester
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4386
Deposited By: Parsons
Deposited On:20 Sep 2018 11:17
Last Modified:20 Sep 2018 11:17

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