Chance to find out more about historic remains found beneath Darlington Town Hall (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Chance to find out more about historic remains found beneath Darlington Town Hall
3:51pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
RESIDENTS will have the chance to learn about Darlington’s past during guided tours of archaeological excavations where the remains of a 19th century poorhouse have been discovered.
A series of stone walls have been uncovered at the site at the back of Darlington’s Town Hall, which are believed to be an early 19th century poorhouse.
The team from Durham University who are excavating the site have also found fragments of cooking pots and animal bones.
Guided tours of the site will take place at 11am and 1pm on Friday, November 8 and will include a talk about the heritage significance of the site, as well as an overview of the team’s findings and their significance.
Niall Hammond, from Arcaeo-Environment said: “Darlington is an historic town with its roots in Anglo-Saxon times over a thousand years ago, this archaeological site is providing a rare and wonderful opportunity to uncover and understand some of that history.”
Once the excavation has been completed, the site will house a new office block for Department of Education staff whose jobs are being moved from Mowden Hall in the town.
Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Councillor Bill Dixon said: “There are some fascinating discoveries taking place right in the centre of Darlington that paint a picture of the Darlington of the past.
“I am pleased that the public is being given this chance to see what has been uncovered and to learn about the varied history of Darlington.”
Booking is strongly advised and places can be booked by emailing email@example.com or calling 01325-388669.
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