The site at Lowes Tenement lies on an important part of the historic landscape of Walmersley. It contains evidence of human activity from prehistoric to early medieval times at the Bronze Age cairn on Whitelow Hill, approximately 350 metres east of Lowes. Park Farm, 150 metres south-west of Lowes, marks the birthplace of John Kay, famous benefactor of the cotton industry by his invention of the Flying Shuttle etc.
Situated between the above-mentioned sites, the remains of Lowes present a rare medieval-early post medieval link to a comprehensive history vital to local heritage.
Excavation at Lowes started last year with a small evaluation trench which we now think was just outside the main building. We found cobbled yard surfaces, wall foundations and stone lined drains mostly of 18th and 19th century date. At deeper levels there was evidence of earlier structural remains and pottery dating to the early part of the 16th century. This year we will be expanding the excavation are to investigate more of the house.