The Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society started excavating the site of the proposed flower bed between the belfry and the wall of the sheds area. We have set the trench and removed what little turf there was and have dug out about 10cm of topsoil. It’s really too dry – the ground is hard and the lack of moisture tends to reduce tell-tale colour variations in the soil. Its also hot digging so we need to work fairly slowly. Not much in the way of results but I wouldn’t expect it at this stage. We have got reason to believe the foundations of one of the two houses are buried here. See what happens tomorrow.
The design for the excavation can be downloaded by clicking / tapping on the image above, and the excavation will be open to public view from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 August. Come and look.
The Honeywood garden project has now been running for 18 months. It feels like progress has been rather slow. Some of the beds have been cleared and new safety barriers erected around the culvert and well. The planting of two of the largest beds was to have taken place this spring but personal circumstances prevented this happening. I am glad we didn’t try to plant in early summer as it is now so hot and dry that I think we would be struggling to keep the plants alive. However, the lack of plants is frustrating, and we will work towards doing this in early autumn. I think if this happens it will feel like a bit of a breakthrough: the garden will have some new planting at last. Hopefully the next six months will see a lot more progress than the last six.
Honeywood Garden Project Blog
Follow our progress as we renovate the gardens at Honeywood Museum.