Exciting finds in Fairford

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Exciting finds in Fairford

Archeological excavations in Fairford have unearthed the remains of buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries.

Finds include fragments of window glass and remains of a small kiln in what is believed to have been a workshop.

Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service are carrying out investigations prior to the redevelopment of Fairford Community Centre.

To date the archaeological works have revealed the remains of two small buildings, believed to date to the 15th/16th century. One, near to the High Street frontage, was only partially exposed and produced evidence of lead working debris.

They also discovered fragments of 14th century window glass, some still within their lead cames, which are believed to have originated from the medieval church. It is thought that lead from the medieval church was being recycled within the building, for re-use perhaps within the new church.

The discoveries mean that redevelopment work on the community centre and old Farmor's Free School has had to be rescheduled to allow archaeologists to continue their investigations.

Other finds also include the remains of a small square building near the church, which has yet to be fully excavated. It appears to contain the remains of a small kiln, fragments of ceramic building material and is thought to be a small workshop from the 15th century.

Posted : 27/06/2007 02:00:27

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