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Mon 07 Dec 2015
Preston 1715 - The Last Battle on English soil by Dr Bill Shannon.


Preston Minster was the venue (Parish Church on Church Street) for a talk by Dr Bill Shannon on the Last Battle in English Soil Preston 1715. It was very well attended and hosted by Preston Historical Society.

Preston Minster

An excellent leaflet has been printed to help people discover the battlefield on the streets of Preston where Jacobite and Government armies clashed. Below is the front cover.
Thanks to Sue Latimer, the Programmes Manager at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery you can download your own copy by clicking here.




Dec 2015
Wigan Archaeological Society and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)


The text below is an extract from the newsletter of Wigan Archaeological Society. Many thanks to Bill Aldridge and the Wigan members.


Wigan Archaeological Society are very active with outdoor archaeology and getting their hands dirty.

They have recently teamed up with Sygma Solutions from Westhoughton who have kindly offered to let them use their Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) machines for archaeological surveys. Last month a team of 5 went to their office in Daisy Hill for a day’s training session.

The lessons were done by Mike Langton, who is their chief trainer and also teaches GPR at Bradford University. He has appear on a number Time Team episode. The machines us the latest technology and are capable of producing 3D results in the field. The training day continued with a session in the field. This took place in the grounds of Haigh Hall where permission had already been obtained from the Council. The area selected was on the terrace between the Stables Cafe and the Hall.
Mike explained that the unit was capable of ‘seeing’ up to 8 metres deep depending on ground conditions but in general 2.5 metres gives best result. The reason for selecting the particular area was that a desk-based assessment had been done a few years ago. It had indicated that there were buildings here prior to the construction of the present Hall in the mid 19th century.
These buildings were associated with the Bradshaigh family who owned the estate in the Middle Ages. The results showed structural remains at various depths, ranging from just below the surface to over a metre down. The scan at 90cm was typical with a strong feature (probably a wall) running at an angle to the gridlines and structural features running at right-angled to it.