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Walled Garden - The Wombles would love it!
The building works in the Walled Garden have revealed a range of finds...some quite surprising!
All through the Walled Garden Project we have been keeping a keen eye on what is beneath our feet! We were particularly excited by a rich geology seam which was excavated as part of laying services to the new Learning Pavilion. As featured in our blog in March 2015 we have made good use of this with local schools. There were lots of finds, indicating how the area was once under water and teeming with life millions of years ago.
Unfortunately, the dipping pond, which we knew existed (off) centre in the garden, is beyond repair. It appears that at some time in the past the top two or three courses of bricks were removed and used to infill the pond. The remaining courses had collapsed in places and no guarantee could be given on the stability of the remaining courses. As a consequence we will be constructing a new dipping pond.
Flagstones (red sandstone) found on the site have been carefully stored and are intended for use in the small terrace planned for the top of the historic steps.
There have been other, more quirky, finds. These have included a pair of spectacles, part of a mobile phone, a bunch of keys and best of all, a broken Wombles CD - which we couldn't help think was very appropriate!
The photograph shows some of the geology found on site.
For more on the Walled Garden plan visit: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/walled-garden-project/
More information about the Friends of the Museum can be found here: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/friends-of-the-museum/
Older Blog Items
Walled Garden - Blooming!
In its first full year the Walled Garden continues to amaze and delight visitors.
Walled Garden - Springing into Life
This time last year the hard landscaping of the Walled Garden had just been completed - difficult to remember now, how it looked!
Walled Garden - Now Open!
The Walled Garden is brought back to life...
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