- BINGHAM: AN OVERVIEW
- HISTORY OF BINGHAM
- STUDY OF OLD MAPS
- BUILT HERITAGE
- CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- FARMING IN BINGHAM
- BINGHAM AT WAR
- BINGHAM'S RAILWAYS
- ORAL HISTORY
- NATURAL HISTORY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEST PITS IN BINGHAM
List of Test Pits
21, COPELAND GROVE
- Until this site was developed for housing in the 1980s it had always been either pasture or arable farm land owned by the lord of the manor and then the Crown Estate. Records of who rented it are available for 1586 and 1776 and we can estimate who farmed the strip the house was built on in 1586. In 1776 and 1841 it was meadow.
- The pit was dug because it was very close to the Fosse Way and records along this road further north showed linear development along it during the Roman period.
- The pit was abandoned at 30 cm. Beneath a thin layer of topsoil there was a layer of mixed soil and lumps of clay with debris derived during the 1980s building phase. Nothing of significance was found in the soil. Red clay, thought to be glacial in origin, was underneath.
- If there were any Roman development this far south of Margidunum it is likely that it is beneath the berm built for sound protection at the back of these houses. It is also possible that some destruction of the archaeology took place when the nearby railway embankment was built in the 1870s.
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