PHOTO GALLERY - Unearthing the secrets of Sleaford’s history

An archaeological dig has been revealing new secrets about Sleaford’s past.

The Old Sleaford Heritage Group, formed by a number of local experts and enthusiasts, has been given a £56,700 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a two-year programme of research and excavation into an important historic site in the town.

Old Sleaford Heritage Group excavation at Old Place, Sleaford. EMN-150211-171554001

Old Sleaford Heritage Group excavation at Old Place, Sleaford. EMN-150211-171554001

The dig kicked off last week and will continue until Tuesday, November 10.

OSHG chairman Dale Trimble explained it has already revealed some surprises for the parties of volunteers who have joined the group to get in touch with the past.

Mr Trimble said: “In one trench fairly close to the manor house we have found walls either associated with it or hopefully earlier than we know about.

“We have some late Saxon or early medieval pottery which is earlier than we have found here before and we have some Roman archaeology.”

Even a junior volunteer found a bone hairpin and the amount of finds has been greater than they hoped.

“It has exceeded expectations., said Mr Trimble. “We have just got to the edge of another building which is completely unknown, perhaps from the 17th century.”

Membership of the group is required to participate which is £10 for individuals and £15 for a family. There may still be places to take part.

Mr Trimble said: “We have had our capacity of eight volunteers most days.”

Send all enquiries to 
oldsleaford@gmail.com. Volunteers are supervised by experts.

The dig is in the grounds of Old Place, near to the site of a Medieval manor house owned by Sir John Hussey, within the limits of the Roman town and close to an Iron Age Mint.

Last weekend surrounding residents were allowed to visit and learn more about the site and this Sunday anyone can go along to see what has been discovered at Old Place, off Boston Road (turn left into Orchard Close), from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Some of the finds will be on display and there will also be a demonstration of medieval cooking.

There is no public parking close to the site, but people can use the public car park on East Banks. Dogs are not permitted.