SD7907 : Radcliffe Tower Conservation and Archaeological Dig - April 2015

taken 3 years ago, near to Radcliffe, Bury, Great Britain

Radcliffe Tower Conservation and Archaeological Dig - April 2015
Radcliffe Tower Conservation and Archaeological Dig - April 2015
Work currently (April 2015) being done at the historic Radcliffe Tower site includes the conservation of the tower, the excavation and presentation of the site of the great hall and manor house, as well as improved links to Close Park, St Mary's Church and the tithe barn. Repair work on the tower involves replacing fallen masonry, strengthening walls, renewing grilles and re-pointing all the joints with lime mortar. The work should be completed in September 2015.

Radcliffe Tower in Close Park was once three storeys high and is the only visible remains of the de Radcliffe familyís ancient manor. The tower was built by James de Radcliffe who, in 1403, ordered an ambitious rebuilding of his manor house. Little is known of the manor house prior to that date, although excavations in 1979-80 by the Bury Archaeological Group suggested that it stood on the site of the later building.

Although the surviving tower is now free standing, when it was built it stood next to the timber framed great hall which projected to the west. The tower had fallen into disuse and been converted to a farm building by 1700. The present gabled roof shape is a result of, and dates from, that agricultural usage.

The tower is now a Grade I listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 210639 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) and a Scheduled Ancient Monument as defined by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

Archaeologists from Salford University initially excavated the site in October 2013, exposing the foundations of the 17th century Tower Farm and 19th century Tower Street cottages. A follow-up dig in September 2014, uncovered a 15th century doorway and floor and stone plinth bases from the great hall which once joined onto the tower.

Another dig to excavate underneath the former Tower Street cottages and work out the extent of medieval floor remains is taking place between April 13 and May 15, 2015. An open day to view the projectís excavations will be held before the trenches are filled the following week.

LinkExternal link Bury Council Press Release

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Saturday, 18 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 23 April, 2015
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Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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