Archaeological Evaluation Interim Report: Daisy Mill, Longsight, Manchester

Archaeological Evaluation Interim Report: Daisy Mill, Longsight, Manchester 2015, Longsight, Manchester.

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Salford Archaeology was commissioned by Laing O’Rourke to undertake an archaeological evaluation on land at Daisy Mill, Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester (centred on SJ 86242 96198) as part of a scheme to construct a new school. This report consists of the results from the first nine evaluation trenches. Although further evaluation is required within the yard to the rear of the mill and within the mill footprint following the demolition of Daisy Mill it was felt an interim report was necessary as Laing O’Rourke wish to progress the bulk excavation and piling work within the park prior to, or alongside, the demolition of the mill. An Archaeological and Heritage Assessment has shown that the study area had begun to be developed by 1848 with a small row of buildings labelled ‘Longsight Terrace’. By 1893-4 terraced housing covered most of the study area with larger building at the southeast labelled ‘Carriage and Tramways Depot’. By 1908 a laundry, club and billiard hall were built to the southeast of the Depot. The tramways depot was converted into a factory by 1922 with a mineral water works built immediately to its northwest. This layout then continued until the early 1960’s with the terraces and industrial buildings being cleared between 1963 and 1972. The area was subsequently landscaped into a park during the late 20th century. The trenches within the current study area revealed that substantial remains of the terraced housing survives, at cellar level, across much of the site. Intact wall and floor remains of house ce1lars were uncovered within trenches 2, 3, 4, 5 6 and 8. The nature of the remains suggested that the buildings may be of a slightly earlier than generally thought for the large scale development of Longsight. Some very late remains survived from the mineral water works within trench 1 and very late structural remains relating to buildings in the southeast of the study area survived in trench 9. These remains were, in places, at depth due to the nature of the undulating landscaped surface.

Item Type: Applied Archaeology collection
Project name: Archaeological Evaluation Interim Report: Daisy Mill, Longsight, Manchester
Type of work: Excavation
Date work completed: 2015
Location of work: Longsight, Manchester
Period: Industrial
Depositing User: Kirsty Whittall
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:36

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