Voyages to the House of Diversion
Seventeenth-Century Water Gardens and the Birth of Modern Science
November 2018 -The West End
October was a hugely productive
month and although there were still things to do at foundation level we
decided to stop pumping and let it all flood until next summer when
hopefully with low water tables we can resume on these lower levels.
For the rest of the winter attention really focuses on the west side of
the octagon where we forecast the site of a possible bridge... read on
to see how it all turned out.
Not Hanwell but the final session at Packwood recording
seventeenth-century timbers sitting in a tank up to my knees in icy
water - no photograph available fortunately.
At Hanwell the moat is left to flood and Peter helps cleaning off the
spread of broken roof tile and plaster/mortar fragments, we've seen it
all before... sort of.
into the second week of November with more topsoil and some subsoil
shifted to clear down onto the uppermost surface of a spread of
destruction debris, all the time working round the roots of a
particularly annoying sycamore. With the occasional wet and windy day
it was time to install some new shelving in the tool store and change
things round a bit to give the finds department a little more room to
work plus the great campaign to create a photo archive of all our finds
together with extra special shots for publication of our champion finds
is well underway, thanks to Chris M. and Verna for this.