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11/12 July 2024

​Over the past couple of days we have made significant headway with the project.

On 12 July members of the Harlaxton History Society spent an afternoon with  Professor Abi Hunt PhD PFHEA AMA, learning how to organise and record an archaeological project. Abi is Professor of Practice and Director of MSc Programmes at Nottingham University Business School/Faculty of Social Sciences.

We now have a system in place to record information and have been pointed towards some key archives that might reveal more about the history of the site. We were able to brave the weather to take Abi around the garden to show her the features we have identified so far and discuss the questions we want to answer. It was a hugely useful chat and we are delighted that Abi intends supporting us with her expertise as we progress.

The following day we had more experts on site in the form of Dr David Carrington ACR FSA FIIC from the Skillington Workshop Ltd and Richard Tyndall visit us on site. David is an expert in architectural archaeology and Richard is a geologist with a passion for archaeology who runs a significant roman excavation in Ancaster. For us amateurs of the Harlaxton History society it is fascinating to have professionals casting their eyes across the site. With David's expert eye we have already identified a piece of architectural stonework which may well be medieval and from Richard a host of advice and promises of practical support.

We are finding out what a supportive and friendly community of archaeological experts we have living and working close by.

As well as liaising with these experts we have been continuing to measure and map the features of the site and are close to having a full base plan. But there is plenty more work to do and members and non members are welcome to take part.

3 July 2024

​One interesting thing our early research found has been a scale model of the manors during the last phase of their history.

Owned by Cherry Barber Moskalik it offers some tantalising clues as to the shape and size of the former manors.

Assuming it is accurate, we have been able to take the recorded length of the building, 72m, and by then incorporating direct measurements of the remaining element, the oriel, or bay, window/doorway, make an assessment of the approximate size of the rest of the structure.

All this, of course has to be proven with more research on the ground.

1 July 2024

​Over the Summer months we have been making a detailed plan of the site and identifying any obvious features that might help shed light on the previous manor houses.

The current cottage, built in 1937, offers a useful reference point and is, in itself, full of clues as it used material recycled from the "spoil heap" of stone left after the demolition of the manor in the 1860's by John Sherwin Gregory.

A photograph from the late Victorian or early Edwardian period showing the remains of the manor house and piles of material from the demolition behind. Number 26 Church Street, known as Jasmin Cottage can be seen in the background on the left of the photograph.

As well as the survey work we have explored the site and are finding tantalising remnants of the old manors. 

Tucked away in a sunken area of the garden, in what might be the old kitchens, is a very old window which we hope to have examined in more detail by an architectural expert to determine whether it is Jacobean, Tudor or even Medieval.

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