Friday, December 27, 2013

Book: Uncovering the estate: the archaeology of Dunham Massey

The Dunham Massey Estate forms a significant National Trust property, straddling the borders of Cheshire East and Greater Manchester.  From the medieval period onwards, the estate passed through a succession of influential families, including the de Mascys, the Booths , and latterly the Greys, who shaped the history of Dunham and the wider region.  At the centre of the estate lies the large stately home of Dunham Hall.  This was built in the early 18th century by Sir George Booth, the second Earl of Warrington, and was modified and restored in the early 20th century by William Grey, the ninth Earl of Stamford.  The hall is surrounded by an extensive medieval deer park, which was replanted and redesigned in the 18th century to form a spectacular formal landscape.  This booklet represents the findings of several archaeological excavations and surveys within the deer park and across the wider area, which provide an indight into the rich and complex history of the Dunham Massey Estate.

For the brick-minded, this site is particularly distinguished by having a probable brick clamp kiln (see above).

This booklet is number 10 in the Great Manchester's Past Revealed series.  It costs £5.00 and the ISBN is 9781907686153. A search of the Web does not give the place to buy it from, but it was published by Oxford Archaeology North.

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