NOT all that far from where the Nantwich
Salt Ship was found in 2003, more pieces of the town's history have
come to light.
This time it is a piece of
Roman trackway and part of a Medieval causeway.
As reported in the Nantwich
Guardian, the discovery was made by contractors May Gurney who are
working to replace the old gas pipes in Welsh Row.
One engineer is quoted as
saying that their equipment hit something harder than the surrounding
soil about two and a half metres down.
Leigh Dodd, senior
archaeologist for Earthworks Archaeology - the people who worked on the
nearby salt ship site - is quoted as saying that "what appeared to be a
wooden pipeway" was found and tests dated it to the 13th century.
Digging further down, the
archaeologists found a Roman footpath complete with bits of pottery.
Said Leigh: "There is a Roman
road that is supposed to run by Kingsley Fields . . . that we think must
go across Welsh Row."
The finds are being dated.
TRADERS in Welsh Row - behind the works in the river bridge
area - are up in
arms, according to the Nantwich Chronicle, because a six-week delay in
the work is hitting their business.
They are pressing for compensation
for lost business.
They are quoted as saying that they rarely saw the
workmen on site, and when they did the noise was unbearable with dust
getting into their shops.
A spokesperson for the National Grid (who have
commissioned the gas pipe renewal work) cited "unexpected engineering
problems" for the delay.
The alterative, she was quoted as saying, was
to close down the work and return at a later date, causing even greater
Completion was expected in September.
personal note, the roadworks affected my plans for some videography and
photography in the area. I couldn't avoid the works and still take the
"shots" I wanted. Not that the weather helped . . .