NOV 01] SPON END BUILDING PRESERVATION TRUST NEWS
Black Swan Project Going Well
restoring a 15th century building in Spon End have uncovered an
almost complete medieval well.
sandstone well was uncovered by workmen replacing a floor in the
rear room of 123A Upper Spon Street - Black Swan Terrace. This
includes a sandstone water gulley and a later Victorian water
gulley. These were used to top up the well.
found in an area in the centre of the room, about 12 inches
below floor level, were soot, blackened stones and various bones
including sheep and cow bones. Paul Thompson, archeologist, has
removed various artefacts including a well-encrusted coin and a
piece of 15th century pottery.
of the Spon End Building Preservation Trust, who are undertaking
the restoration of the buildings, have agreed to cap the well
with a glass floor so that it can be seen once the floor is
Kevin Noble said:
is just one of many exciting finds and we have only really
investigated 10% of the site so far."
on Black Swan Terrace is on schedule with the first parts of the
building due to be open for business in the new year. Over the
next couple of weeks the public will witness the removal of some
of the scaffolding and hoardings to reveal a first glimpse of
the restored building.
the efforts of the Trust the building is well on the way to
removal from the English Heritage 'At Risk Register'.
phase has restored 'Moira's Wet Fish Shop' back to its pre-war
appearance, retaining it's green glazed brick, although beneath
the brick facade are the medieval timbers. The first full
medieval restoration will be part of the next phase which will
begin later next year. At least one of the units will have it's
original medieval frontage restored.
information about the project is available from the Spon End
Building Preservation Trust website at www.sponend.org.uk/sebpt.
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