Location: Park Farm Walmersley Bury BL9 5NL
Dates: Every Wednesday. April – November 2017
Cost: Membership £10 (£15 family)
Age: 16+. Under 16’s may be admitted if accompanied by a responsible adult
Training / Experience: No experience necessary
Accommodation: None provided
Lowes Dig 2015. (Photo: R.J. Huddart).
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. In 2015 and 2016 we exposed the remains of the north east corner of the 18th century house and yard surfaces. Pottery from the 16th and 17th centuries together with the fragmentary remains of an earlier wall foundation suggest the presence of an earlier building.
So far the excavation has been in an area disturbed by 19th century activity following the demolition of Lowes. In 2017 we will be moving away from this area of disturbance and hope to find better preserved remains of earlier buildings.