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Bottling Wood,Wigan, Greater Manchester. Archaeological Investigation.

Robinson, Christina (2010) Bottling Wood,Wigan, Greater Manchester. Archaeological Investigation. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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In March 2010, Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) was commissioned by Axis, acting on behalf of The Environment Agency, to carry out a programme of archaeological investigation in Bottling Wood, Wigan (centred on NGR SD 58820 06650). The archaeological investigation was required as part of a scheme of flood defence works that are being carried out by The Environment Agency along the course of the River Douglas. An element of this scheme allows for the construction of a dam and associated infrastructure on the site of a former settlement in Bottling Wood, which developed as an industrial hamlet during the nineteenth century. However, the hamlet formed part of a designated Unhealthy Area that was outlined for clearance in the late 1920s by the Insanitary Houses and Conversions Committee of Wigan Borough Council, and was ultimately demolished in 1927-8. In 2009, several trial pits were excavated in Bottling Wood for geo-technical purposes associated with the flood alleviation scheme. These excavations were monitored by an archaeological watching brief, which recorded some shallow foundations and the buried remains of floors of several workers’ cottages. Following consultation with the County Archaeologist for Greater Manchester, who provides advice to Wigan Council on archaeological matters, it was concluded that these remains were of sufficient archaeological significance to merit a further programme of investigation to mitigate their ultimate loss as part of the proposed construction of the dam. It was recommended that, in the first instance, an informal access track that lay along a terrace cut into the slope of the valley in Bottling Wood should be subject to archaeological ‘strip and record’ excavation to expose and record any buried remains of the workers’ housing in the area. The excavation was carried out by OA North in March 2010, and an area measuring

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Greater Manchester
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4439
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 09:08
Last Modified:25 Oct 2018 09:08

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