Angel Meadows Archaeological Excavation – Part 1Lisa Mitchell
Safer Sphere has been working with Far East Consortium on the Angel Meadows development since the beginning of the project as Principal Designer Advisor and CDM Client Advisor and before work commences, it was decided that an archaeological excavation should take place to ensure that this historic site is clear before any building works commences.
Orion Heritage and Oxford Archaeology have teamed up and the dig is now underway. Safer Sphere will be posting a series of blogs and updates as they see what lies beneath.
Update 1 – 02/08/18
If you’ve been in the vicinity of St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow in the last couple of weeks you will have noticed work has begun in earnest on plots 2 and 5 of the Meadowside development. The tarmac and concrete of the car parks have been lifted and the Oxford Archaeology North team have been busy overseeing the excavation of the site to reveal the hidden remains of the worker’s housing.
Plot 2, alongside Dantzic Street, is turning up some of the infamous cellars alongside nicely preserved courtyard areas and potentially an outhouse or two. While on the other side of the park, on Plot 5 we have even more cellar rooms and the cobbled remains of a minor street indicated on the OS maps of 1850 as Back of Old Mount Street.
Over the next couple of weeks, the OAN team will be beavering away cleaning off the walls and floors in these areas so they can be photographed and surveyed, recording the detail of life in Manchester’s industrial past.
If you’d like to take a closer look at some of these discoveries and talk to members of the team, open days will be planned in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on our website and Social Media for the next planned tour.