St Anne’s Hospital Investigations

This month we will be investigating the land behind St Anne’s Hospital on Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, using a combination of geophysical survey and test pit excavation, in the hope of identifying possible medieval remains. The almshouse was founded in 1652-3 by Lady Anne Clifford and the land to the rear has potentially remained relatively undisturbed ever since (apart from being utilised as garden plots).

Geophysics Drop-in: This Saturday (16th July) there will be a geophysical survey taking place on the land through the courtyard at the back of the almshouse. I will be there between 11.00am and 3.00pm conducting earth resistance and magnetic surveys. Anyone interested can drop in to the garden between these times to see how this equipment works and have a go. You do not need to bring anything or book for this, just pop in if you wish to find out more about geophysical techniques. We hope to identify some hot spots for the test pit investigation later in the month.

Test-pit Excavations: We will then be opening some test pits from 29th to 31st July based on the results of the geophysical survey. For this we will be booking places (details to follow) so please put the dates in your diary if you wish to take part. Full training will be provided by professional archaeologists in how to excavate and record an archaeological test pit. We will then be putting this into practice at other locations around the town later in the summer.

If you need further information please contact the Dig Appleby email address:


Martin Railton

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