NOT all that far from where the Nantwich
Salt Ship was found in 2003, more pieces of the town's history have
come to light four years later.
This time it is a piece of
Roman trackway and part of a Medieval causeway.
As reported in the Nantwich
Guardian, the discovery was made by contractors May Gurney who are
working to replace the old gas pipes in Welsh Row.
One engineer is quoted as
saying that their equipment hit something harder than the surrounding
soil about two and a half metres down.
Leigh Dodd, senior
archaeologist for Earthworks Archaeology - the people who worked on the
nearby salt ship site - is quoted as saying that "what appeared to be a
wooden pipeway" was found and tests dated it to the 13th century.
Digging further down, the
archaeologists found a Roman footpath complete with bits of pottery.
Said Leigh: "There is a Roman
road that is supposed to run by Kingsley Fields . . . that we think must
go across Welsh Row."
The finds are being dated.
THIS (right) is the trench
crossing the river bridge in Welsh Row during the work. Halfway up the
picture you can just see the pipe splitting into three. I am guessing
that the diameter of a single pipe would have been too large at the apex
of the bridge.