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.
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