Archaeological evaluation : Vesta Street, New Islington, Ancoats, Manchester

Mottershead, SC 2017, Archaeological evaluation : Vesta Street, New Islington, Ancoats, Manchester , Technical Report, University of Salford.

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In April 2017, Salford Archaeology was commissioned by the Manchester Life Development Company to undertake an archaeological evaluation of a parcel of land in the New Islington area of Ancoats, Manchester (centred on NGR 385370 398310). The evaluation was required to determine the presence, extent, depth, state of preservation and significance of the archaeological resource of the proposed development area to enable informed recommendations to be made regarding the future treatment of any surviving remains. The archaeological interest in the site was highlighted in a desk-based assessment that was produced by Arup to support the planning application for the proposed development. This concluded that the site has high potential to contain buried remains of an iron foundry that was occupied in the mid-19 th century by the eminent engineer William Fairbairn, together with a late 19 th - or early 20 th -century textile mill. The archaeological evaluation comprised the excavation of a single trench, which was placed along the footprint of the mid-19 th -century iron foundry, and part of the later textile mill. Whilst the evaluation revealed that north-western part of the site had been subject to considerable disturbance in the late 20 th century, with the resultant loss of all buried remains, significant structural elements of the former iron foundry and textile mill were revealed across the south-eastern part of the trench. Following consultation with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service, it is concluded that further archaeological investigation of the site is merited in advance of the groundworks required by the proposed development. This further investigation should comprise an open-area excavation, targeted on those elements of the mid-19th century iron foundry that survive in-situ, together with the steam-power plant for the later textile mill

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Contributors: Miller, IF (Editor)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Publisher: University of Salford
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2020 14:22
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 03:50

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