Altrincham’s Forgotten Castle: Watch Hill

Watch Hill castle is one of the oldest and most important archaeological sites in Trafford, being first protected as a scheduled monument in February 1978. It also has the honour of being the first archaeological site entered on the Greater Manchester Sites and Monuments Record, now the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record, when this was…

Latest Archaeotea Podcast Now Available on Roman Castleshaw

Episode 5 of the Archaeotea Podcast is now available free to download. In this episode I explore one of the most windswept Roman forts in Britain – Castleshaw which sits on the south-western edge of the Pennine hills in Delph, Greater Manchester. The archaeological investigations at this site have lasted longer than the Roman army…

A Lockdown Lost Cruck Building Mystery

Three lockdowns over 12 months have provided plenty of time to go through archaeology archives and backlogs. I have spent a lot of time sifting through photographs from the South Trafford Archaeological Group archive as part of my research into the lost cruck-framed building at No. 20 Old Market Place in Altrincham (see elsewhere on…