When we stopped last night, the trench was in a rather puzzling state. In the morning it all seemed to become clear. A wide largely chalk foundation emerged in the Pound Street end of the trench in the predicted position of the front wall of the house. Something clear at last. Then, in the afternoon there were two odd developments. Firstly, a large cavity was found under a layer of hard crushed mortar. Further investigation suggested that it was probably a long disused animal burrow although it is not clear how the creatures – whatever they were – got in and out. It was too small for foxes – perhaps rats.
The second discovery was more interesting. When the original front wall of the house was uncovered, we discovered another smaller wall running off it at right angles. It may be the foundation of an early internal wall separating rooms, but this is at present unclear. Work continues tomorrow.
Honeywood Garden News
Follow our progress as we renovate the gardens at Honeywood Museum.