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Ribble to Bamber Bridge Electricity Cable - Lancashire - Watching Brief

Schofield, Peter (2003) Ribble to Bamber Bridge Electricity Cable - Lancashire - Watching Brief. Project Report. OA North. (Unpublished)




Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) conducted a watching brief on six test pits along the proposed route of an electricity cable, running along a disused railway embankment to the south of Avenham Park on the south side of Preston (SD 5378 2849 – SD 5411 2742). The Lancashire Sites and Monuments Record (SMR 6611) suggested that the railway embankment may have been built upon, and the site of an earlier viaduct on the Preston to Blackburn line (Ordnance Survey 1849, Fig 2) which may have been incorporated within it. The test pits revealed successive layers of construction material, some of which had varying amounts of demolition rubble within them. Only test pit 4 showed a distinct concentration of demolition rubble, including brick and sandstone fragments, but no structural remains of the viaduct were revealed. The proposed development route for the electricity cable is unlikely to impact upon any surviving archaeological remains of the viaduct within the parameters of excavation to a depth of 1m for the laying of the cable. There is little evidence to suggest that the viaduct survives at all. It is recommended that no further archaeological investigations are necessary for this proposed development.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Lancashire
ID Code:2722
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:03 Feb 2016 09:43
Last Modified:03 Feb 2016 09:43

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