Archaeology fun dig

Pippa Rochford with her boys, Miles, William and Jake, at the Greater Elland Historical Society dig
Pippa Rochford with her boys, Miles, William and Jake, at the Greater Elland Historical Society dig
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The public was invited to “dig up the past” at Fall Spring Wood, Stainland, with the Greater Elland Historical Society.

Society spokesman Tim Patterson said the dig took place around the foundations of what were quarrymen’s cottages during the 19th century.

The quarry was later used a rubbish dump at the beginning of the 20th century for a few years.

The diggers removed top soil and found numerous items - mostly broken crockery and glass from the Victorian period.

They also worked around the remains of an outside loo and stone doorway.

Villager Peter Harrison attended and said he had researched his family tree and an ancestor of a late uncle called Edwards was a 19th century stonemason and owner of the quarry.

“I came along to observe. It’s interesting and the first time I have known a dig take place in Stainland.”

Pippa Rochford is an archaeologist with Pennine Prospects, of Hebden Bridge, brought along her three sons for the dig.

“It was an opportunity for children to get involved in a dig and they loved it,” she said.