Oakwell Hall (West Yorkshire, UK) is an Elizabethan House which now forms the focal point of a Country Park administered by Kirklees MDC. As part of their program of summer events for 2013, staff at the Hall asked me to organize a project that would give children and young people the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of archaeology. This proved a huge success with approximately 200 people taking part over the course of a week.
Two trenches were excavated. One had no archaeological features but did contain a large amount of metal working waste. The other revealed what might have been the floor of the farmyard which existed before the present lawns were laid out at some time in the 19th-century. We also looked at a water management feature which had been discovered during landscaping work in the gardens of the Hall.
Work on the metal working waste is still continuing but the report on the two trenches and the water management feature has now been finalized. If you’d like to read it in full, click on the link below.
Two wellheads at Oakwell
A report on recording work carried out on two wellheads at Oakwell Country Park in 2008. Both were brick-built with sandstone capping stones. The wellheads dated to the late 19th or early 20th century. To download a PDF click on the link below
If you would like to find out more about Oakwell Hall and its country park visit The Friends of Oakwell Hall.