Lichfield Archeological Investigations

I note today that both Annette Rubery and Kate over at Lichfield Lore have been energised by the archeology currently ongoing prior to the new development starting near The Friary in Lichfield. Both have written interesting articles, and Annette has loads of pictures and information.

If the style looks familiar, Annette is the Lichfield journalist, writer and historian behind the brilliant Beacon Street Blog and @BorisBratby, possibly the most erudite and witty social media using cat ever known.

This is a real chance to find out some great Lichfeldian history, and also gives those who are interested a chance to see how real archeology is done, as opposed to some of the opportunist, ill informed field digging practised by some local historians. These things are better left to those with the knowledge and skill.

Do pop over to Annette’s site and check out Lichfield Lore’s take on it too. It certainly looks like some interesting stuff is being unearthed.

Click on the screenshot to visit the post. While you’re there, check out the rest of the blog – it’s rather excellent.

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5 Responses to Lichfield Archeological Investigations

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    thanks for the note..I noticed the careful work done there this morning and look forward to the archeologists’ considered report in due course.
    kind regards
    David

  2. David Oakley says:

    Hi Bob,
    I did “pop over to Annete’s site” as suggested and was surprised and dismayed what what I found there, regarding Sandfields Pumping Station.
    In 1978, SSWW carried out a reconstruction programme which included every building on the existing site. Great care was taken to re-match old material to its present-day equivalent and the Cornish-type beam engine presented quite a problem with the wooden cladding around the cylinder in urgent need of removal and replacement. This was accomplished with the use of appropriate cladding and thick circular brass bands. Which made quite a feature.
    When finished, we noticed that the large plaque, measuring about 3ft by 2ft to commemorate the opening of the station had, over the years, being made of bronze and copper, been the victim of too much Brasso and as a result looked a right mess, with all the closed letters letters filled up with iron- hard ancient brasso or verdigris. Rising to the challenge, I took the plague home where it rested on my kitchen table and after two weeks hard work was painstakingly restored, given a coat of lacquer, and left to face another 100 years or so. Hope its still there !
    Cheers,
    David.

  3. David Oakley says:

    Sorry, typing error. Reconstruction was carried out in 1968.

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  5. Thanks for this Bob, very kind. Boris would have responded much quicker, as his social media monitoring skills are far superior to mine.

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