No sooner had work work started on site clearance when the first discovery was made!!!
During preparation an estimated 700 tons of earth were moved whilst backfilling 4 trenches completely and reshaping and extending 2 others. It was during this process and in failing light that the very recognisable Victorian promenade path was exposed. It was constructed by the Hemsworth’s during their remodelling of the estate grounds in the second half of the 19th century. After all it is always great to find something which suffered from steady neglect after the death of Benjamin Hemsworth in 1923 and then has been covered by 75 years of leaf mould.
One can only imagine what a striking sight the path would have been as Victorian and Edwardian Ladies and Gentleman strolled alongside the newly built boundary wall through the newly planted woodlands towards the village sports field.
In April excavators will return to the site and continue the quest to find out more about the evolution of this highly productive and long used site…. what lies there waiting to discovered?