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Dig at the dock – week 4

31 January 2007 by Karen

an aerial view of a clered urban site, showing areas of brick building foundations and infilled docks

A bird’s eye view of the footprint of the new museum on the waterfront

It’s been a bit windy lately so the going has been a tad rough down at the dock. For the past two weeks archaeologists have been working hard to remove the tarmac which once covered the car park at Mann Island on the waterfront (that’s the River Mersey at the top right of the image). A 62 metre high mobile access platform was then brought in to give a unique bird’s eye view of the dock and its associated yards and structures. The photographs (which include this one) will be used to produce a detailed plan/drawing of the area using computer software.

From left to right this image shows:
* Manchester Dock is the large brown structure on the left. ‘A’ indicates the position of the two sets of lock gates.
* On either side of the dock you can see a pair of holes in the ground (marked ‘B’). These are the sites of the operating mechanisms for the inner set of lock gates.
* Moving right across the site ‘C’ indicates the foundations of Shed 1
* ‘D’ shows a cobbled yard surface
* ‘E’ indicates the foundation of Shed 2
* On the far right, currently beneath a pile of earth, is ‘F’, Chester Basin.

More photographs are available on our Flickr page, and if you STILL don’t know what this project is all about check out our main site.

  1. william Thompson says:

    my great great granddad was born on Mann island in the 1840 his name was William weaver Thompson my family comes from Liverpool i spent the first part of my life ( 20 years in Liverpool ) during and after the second world war, people born on Mann island where revered to as Dicky Sams this was based on the way they dressed,

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