Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Today some of us went to the National Trust dig at Burton Bradstock to see what they have found.
This is a building that, just like our site, has been lost to memory by the time WWII began. It was then that a gun emplacement was cut through it.
This looks like something that Dino would eat in the Flintstones! But is probably an ox bone.
|Martin Papworth of the NT explains the site|
|A large calibre shell casing|
This is a fireplace hanging over the edge of the eroded beach. Much of the structure has been lost to the sea.
As with most of our outings we scampered to the cafe for coffee and cake.
This week - we can record and take off the next layer(s) and hope to hit the floor, as well as looking at the door structure.
Saturday, 25 May 2013
|The remains of the door with some stone in situ behind|
Thursday, 23 May 2013
|A flat site!|
|Thanks to Chris & Charlie!|
Look out for a video of the site on the next post. Dorset Diggers in action!
Sunday, 12 May 2013
|'The Three Graces' of Lyme Regis, clearing off the N-S wall|
Friday, 10 May 2013
We have opened up a new trench just to the east of the main site so as to look at a possible feature running north-south across the field.
Even though our structure is not that old it was still made of material that would have been at the bottom of a sea millions of years ago:
Meanwhile, the main site has finally been stripped of overburden and the walls are beginning to see the light of day:
Now comes the time to record and then dig the rubble dump. Oh happy day! But at least we will then begin to see the walls in all their glory. Let's hope that the sun returns, as we have been valiantly working in some rather damp conditions of late:
|Nothing worse than a damp droopy hat|
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
You will remember this glass stopper from the last post. Here is the full story:
Brierley Hill, Glass Furnace Accident.
"There are they say, only two things in life that are inescapable, Death and Taxes. It would appear, from the latest reports, that the latter is no longer true, but the former takes a bit more dodging than we are capable of. Some times when we least expect it. Just how much of Albert Ryder andEnoch Oliver were actually buried, in 1893, is a matter of conjecture. They both worked at Messers Wright and Company, a Glass Bottle factory at The Delph, Brierley Hill. On the 20th November, together with Charles Henry Pearson, they were attending to the furnace, which had a capacity for nearly a100 tons of Molton Glass. It wasn't a new furnace, and neither was it as well maintained as it should have been. Leaks were pretty common in the glass industry, and the standard method of stopping one was to direct water at it, hoping the glass would cool down enough to seal the hole. This normally worked, so when, at about 1.15 pm, a leak was found, this what the three of them did. It was a " quick fix too many ", and one of the Firebricks, 3 feet long, 2 feet long, and a foot thick, dropped out of the base of the furnace, directly over where they were standing. Charles Henry Pearson must have had a veritable band of guardian angels standing with him that day, as he managed to escape the deluge of the 2,400 degree molton glass. The other two wern't so lucky, as the entire contents spread out across the workshop floor, engulfing them as it went. I would, as would others, hope that death overtook them in an instant, as it's hard to picture a more terrible end. ( I had enough trouble, when I was younger, trying to get my head around why a man would fling himself into a vat of hot spelter, in the Galvanising shop of the factory I worked at.) The rather grisley task of recovering the " bodies ", using hammers, chisels and crowbars, began as soon as the pile of glass cooled down. Apart from some bones, belt buckles, and nails from their boots, there wasn't much to recover. and Albert Ryder was buried at South Street Baptist Church, and Enoch Oliver in Brierley Hill, both of their mortal remains still encased in the glass. James Wright, the factories owner, expressed his sympathies to both mens families, said they would be greatly missed. With the arrogance so noteworthy of the time. he then said he hoped the other of his workman, would do all they could, to make up for being 3 men short. Needless to say, for the slipshod way he ran the place, and a total disregard for anyones safety, he was never prosecuted. Just another couple of " Accidental Deaths ".
Thanks to Dennis Neale for this, first posted on the Black Country Muse blog.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
As mentioned in the last post, we have found the standing structure to be just an add-on to a much larger building, as can be seen in this rough sketch here:
Ben found an interesting piece of glass with the name Wright & Co. on it:
From this he did some research and found this from a bottle collector:
"This Lamonts Patent with glass stopper from Morris Soda manufacturers Wednesbury (below) is one of my favourite pieces, the glass is very crude and full of bubbles. Embossed to the base ‘Wright and co Glass makers Brierley Hill.’ Mr Wright has had quite a lot documented as he ended up bankcrupt in the early 1900's though also possibly related was an early "Elf n Safety" incident where the glass kiln exploded and killed 2 workers!!"
Which just goes to show that such information can be found through a small find.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Now it is making sense. The main structure is the walls we have been uncovering, with the standing structure just an add on.
So, after a good days digging, with some definitive outcomes, what better way to enjoy the cloudless sunny day than a quick nap:
|The main E-W wall turns S-N with the standing structure to the right|
|The E-W wall running to the right behind the standing structure; the gap is next to the bricks|