NATIONAL TRUST: CROFT CASTLE AND PARKLAND



THE FISHPOOL VALLEY PROJECT 2020

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The early months of 2020 were marked indelibly by the arrival of the Covid19 virus and the consequent lock-down. One of the results of this was a limited programme of archaeological investigation tied in to watching briefs on the spillways on dams 2 and 3. The first visit was made on July 6th. to update an earlier drawing of the  channel and tunnel. Once this was completed it was stand back and let the digger move in to clear the channel keeping an eye open, of course, for additional traces of walling or a brick base. Whilst on site a brief pilgrimage was made up the valley to examine the condition of the spillway on dam 5 opposite the gothic pump house and the state of play up at the conduit house, partially excavated last year.



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After another burst of archaeological weeding the truncated tunnel and channel are revealed....




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... and once the record is updated the old channel is cleared out... nothing to report.



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Meanwhile up the valley repairs have been undertaken to consolidate the stonework round the conduit house and the spillway on dam 5 is looking seriously overgrown.