Birds-eye View 2011
Between the 11 and 17 July 2011, Carshalton and District History & Archaeology Society excavated part of Oaks park in a search for the remains of a cock-fighting pit which the 12th Earl of Derby had built into the floor of one of the two ground floor rooms in the east wing of the house.
The Earl, who is now known chiefly for horse racing was, in his lifetime better known for cock fighting, a sport which was then popular but has long since been banned for its cruelty. The pit is said to had seats which folded out from the floor and also an ‘escape tunnel’ which was perhaps a drain. There are more details about the excavation in the Design document which you can download from here, and the post-excavation Summary document to be found here.
During the course of the excavation Friends member Richard Fitch took to the air in a glider and took these remarkable birds-eye views of the area and beyond. Click/tap on them for larger images.
With grateful thanks to Richard, who has very kindly allowed us to use his images on our Website, all of which remain Copyright © Richard Fitch 2011.