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Archaeologists return to Grosvenor Park

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Each year in May Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the University of Chester run an archaeological training excavation for second year archaeology students.

COVID-19 prevented the summer plans but following the introduction of new safety measures the excavations will once again return to Grosvenor Park for two weeks between 21 September and 2 October.

Visitors are welcome to view the activities, with social distancing being maintained and can ask questions at an information point. There will also be information panels around the site.

Grosvenor Park was chosen because it sits next to two significant historical monuments, the Roman amphitheatre and the medieval Church of St John the Baptist. Both have had an influence on the development of the Park and more importantly on the intriguing archaeology that lies beneath.

So far, the students have discovered: a Roman road leading across the Park to the amphitheatre, a large building destroyed during the English Civil War and two very wide ditches running north-south across the Park. The building seems to have been associated with St. John's, probably part of the medieval hospital and chapel of St. Anne which was acquired by Sir Hugh Cholmondeley in the late 16th century and developed as part of his grand home in the city.

This year the students hope to discover:

  • Evidence for the earliest building activity after Sir Hugh Cholmondeley bought the land in the 16th century.
  • Evidence for what was happening in this corner of St John's church precinct in the later medieval period.
  • More information about the date and line of the medieval ditch.
  • Evidence for what was here before the building of St John's church precinct and before the Norman Conquest.
  • Evidence for Roman roadside buildings.
  • Evidence of prehistoric buildings and pits or pre-Roman farming.

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