link Redisher and North Dean Woodland Surveys

On Thursday we begin our seven days of archaeological woodland surveys at Redisher Wood, Ramsbottom, Lancashire and then North Dean Woods, Copley, Halifax.  It has certainly been a busy start to the year!  By the end of March we will have investigated 16 woodlands since January compiling some 800 new records relating to the past use of the woodlands, industrial activity and agricultural activity across the South Pennines.

Redisher Woods Survey – 23/03/17 – 25/03/17

Much of Redisher Woods is Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (woodland that can trace its history back to at least 1600AD).  Since the 1890’s the woodland has survived within a heavily industrialised landscape containing a bleach works, cotton mill, brick works and coal mine.  See link to leaflet produced by the Friends of Redisher Woods and Bury Council HERE.

1894 County Series map Depicting the location of industrial units at Redisher Woods

North Dean Woods Survey – 26/03/17 – 29/03/17

The majority of North Dean Wood is recognised as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland.  As a result of past (short) visits to the woodland, evidence concerning the charcoal industry is certainly going to be encountered.  But looking at the 1894 First County Series Survey of the woodland, we can also expect to encounter the butts of Copley Rifle Range.  Looking forward to this 🙂

An excerpt of the 1894 survey depicting the location of the rifle range.

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    • Certainly are Paul, I’m working on Redisher Woods survey this month as it happens. North Dean Woods will take a little long, as I’m slowly working through 27 woodland reports … I’ll get there though! Keep an eye on the Downloads page 🙂

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