The Consultation Re-opens
For 6 weeks, until the end of April 2021, the first phase of consultation regarding the future use of The Meadows has re-opened. Click the following link to be taken to the main Meadows page for further information: The Meadows public consultation
Work to commence a second phase of consultation regarding the Meadows was unfortunately postponed in March at the onset of the pandemic. However some minor works have continued in the intervening period and this includes tree works and archaeological surveys.
The Wirksworth Archaeological Society spent much of the early summer analysing the area known locally as ‘The Tump’, the raised area to the north-west of the Meadows. The image to the left is taken from the Tump looking towards Summer Lane.
Following several painstaking investigations, which yielded [tellingly] few finds, this work indicated that the Tump was the result of human endeavour rather than the natural land level; it was concluded this area was perhaps not an archaeological site. Most likely this site was used to dump clay removed from the adjacent Yokecliffe estate at the time of its construction. So, a reminder archaeology takes into account more recent history too and this is attested to by the fact that archaeologists were able to confirm that mowing of the Meadows stopped in the early 1990s through their most modern finds. These included balls of all shapes and sizes and quarter vodka bottles but no alcopop bottles (in other public places a common find) which were not introduced into this country until 1995!
Beneath the clay on the Tump there was one interesting find, a sherd of pottery, believed to be North Gaulish White Ware, dating from Roman Britain of the first century. The Society intends to return to the Tump at the end of the rest of its work in order to make sure of their provisional opinion about it.
In the autumn the Archaeological Society refocussed their efforts upon the east side of the Meadows to investigate the ditch there and confirm, if possible, the belief it may date back to Medieval period. This work will continue but is delayed, of course, by current events.
For more information about Wirksworth Archaeological Society visit: http://www.wirksworthromanproject.co.uk/contact
Images © Anton Shone
See our Meadows consultation page for information on how children can contribute to the consultation during Lockdown.
Wirksworth Archaeological Society will be undertaking an exploratory survey, they will be investigating a structure revealed on LIDAR (scan attached here).
The Town Council has engaged an Arboriculturist who has undertaken a safety survey of the trees currently on the Meadows.
Two trees have been identified that require remedial works. The council will be engaging a local tree surgeon to make both trees safe. If possible, the main trunks will be left in place to retain wildlife habitat, and habitat piles will be created adjacent to each tree.
A locked noticeboard has been erected on the Meadows - at the fork of the two footpaths at the top (NE) end of the space. This will be used to provide updates on all matters Meadows related including the consultation process.
The council has engaged a surveyor to prepare a topographical survey of the space to aid in the consultation process.