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…

STAG Browsings: A New Cruck Building from Altrincham

Never judge a building solely by its external experience, and this especially applies to the structures surrounding Altrincham’s Old Market Place. The South Trafford Archaeology Group (STAG), in conjunction with our local Workers’ Education Association archaeology class, undertook a number of archaeology building surveys here in the late 1990s. We only managed to get into…

Exploring Hoghton Tower

Thanks to a research grant from the Castles Studies Trust, the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford and the Hoghton Tower Trust are currently hunting for the location of the lost Great Keep at Hoghton Tower. The present Hoghton Tower is a fortified, hilltop, manor house. It lies in the Ribble Valley…

Seasonal Archaeology: Cressing Temple Barns

Ancient timber-framed buildings have always held a fascination for me. Its something about the craftsmanship needed to convert an oak tree into a structure that I continually find astonishing – especially when you realise that you are standing within a building that has stood on the same spot for over 500 hundred years. During a…