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Proposed Brunswick PFI Regeneration Scheme, Manchester - Evaluation and Watching Brief

Tinsley, Adam and Jamieson, Vickie (2015) Proposed Brunswick PFI Regeneration Scheme, Manchester - Evaluation and Watching Brief. Project Report. OA North. (Unpublished)

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In May 2014, Oxford Archaeology (OA) North was commissioned by URS (now AECOM) to undertake a programme of archaeological works in association with the Brunswick PFI Regeneration Scheme, central Manchester. The works comprised a watching brief during groundworks associated with the construction of a new sports court at Gartside Gardens (SJ 84788 97074), and a trial-trench evaluation at the junction of Grosvenor Street and Lockton Close/Wadeson Road (SJ 848 973). Gartside Gardens was established in 1954, prior to which the area had been occupied by the former Rusholme Road Cemetery, a non-Conformist burial ground that opened in 1821. The principal aim of the watching brief, which was undertaken in May and June 2014, was to identify the presence of burials within the footprint of a new sports court. A series of eleven drainage trenches, a manhole, and a soakaway pit were excavated under archaeological observation during this phase of works. All of the excavations encountered deposits of made ground, either extending to the full depth of the groundworks, occasionally sealing archaeological remains, and only rarely reaching deposits that were certain to be natural in origin. Evidence of graves cutting the natural geology and likely to contain in-situ burials, was identified at depths of c 1.2-1.95m below ground level in several drainage trenches, along with the manhole and the soakaway. The evaluation was undertaken in June 2015 on a site formerly occupied by a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built c 1820. Documentary evidence indicates that the congregation was disbanded prior to 1924, after which the building was used as commercial and industrial premises, until it was heavily damaged by fire and subsequently demolished during the latter part of the 1970s

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Greater Manchester
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:2683
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:25 Nov 2015 07:54
Last Modified:30 Aug 2018 09:52

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