Wyre Archaeology

Welcome to the Wyre Archaeology website. Our name dates back several years but our interests are not confined to just the Wyre District but cover the whole of Wyre, the Fylde and beyond. The resources will include various maps (OS, Tithe, other), other primary documents (wills, inventories, letters, newspaper articles, etc,) some secondary sources (books/commentaries) and historic or aerial photographs.

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The 2017 dig season is here and as ever we're keen to have more new members and volunteers to take part in a number of new projects as well as our ongoing dig at Woodplumpton. 

If you'd like to get involved contact the Secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our ongoing long-term project is at Hollowforth Mill, Woodplumpton. This site possibly dates back to the late 13th century, although later mills have been erected on the site and the last buiding was recorded in the early 20th Century.

Information from our digs at Hollowforth can be found using the path - Digs - Big Digs - Hollowforth pages or click here.

An impression by one of our members of how the mill may have appeared, based upon our findings so far.

Copyright Ria Teunisse 2015


Membership 2017

Britain's Ancient Capital,  Dig for Britain and Time Team are TV programmes that have inspired many people to get involved in archaeology.

If you're one of those who have been inspired but don't know what to do about it and you're interested in the Archaeology, History and Pre-history of North West Lancashire why not join one of the very few practical field archaeology groups in the county?

Wyre Archaeology is keen to meet people who'd like to get involved in a practical way. Whatever your age, level of knowledge or skill, we can find a role for you.

Just get in touch!   

You can join as a Full Member and have all the benefits of regular meetings, voting rights, participation in digs,free training, loan of kit and dig insurance, group membership of the Council for British Archaeology and CBA North West and links with other local groups, plus a regular dedicated newsletter.

If evening meetings or distance are problems, Associate Members can stay in touch via our newsletter and other links and may also participate in digs as described above.

If you're not sure, Non-members may attend 2 meetings free of charge.

For details just e-mail the secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Another cheesepress...

And lots of bricks all uncovered on the Big Dig.  The site continues to confuse with there being so many phases of building.  What appears to be a second, cruder cheesepress was unearthed to the East of the original cheesepress.  Unfortunately this was closer to the main tree and so was embedded in roots.  The advantage to this position being that underneath the press was, at least, two layers of leveling bricks.  We are hoping for dating evidence once these are removed.

Original - probably Victorian.


Earlier, cruder version.

The northern wall, when initially ucovered looked a fragile mess.  The Big Dig revealed several layers of bricks, four or five bricks wide.  A not unsubstantial structure.  The reason for this remains to be determined.