Dig at fort throws up mysteries

A MYSTERIOUS small wall, some deeply-buried breeze blocks and a curious pipe have been uncovered by archaeologists at Fort Richmond over the last week.

This wall and pipe, as well as deeply-buried breeze blocks, are puzzles archaeologists carrying out a dig at Fort Richmond are trying to solve. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1313167)
This wall and pipe, as well as deeply-buried breeze blocks, are puzzles archaeologists carrying out a dig at Fort Richmond are trying to solve. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1313167)

A MYSTERIOUS small wall, some deeply-buried breeze blocks and a curious pipe have been uncovered by archaeologists at Fort Richmond over the last week.

A dig on the western side of the headland aims to discover how much of a Napoleonic gun battery is still intact, as States Property Services prepares the site for sale.

States archaeologist Dr Phil de Jersey said his staff have been investigating a filled-in moat next to the battery and the trench was more than two metres deep.

A one-metre-high granite wall has been uncovered next to the moat, which was either Napoleonic or mid-Victorian.

Comments for: "Dig at fort throws up mysteries"

Dee Sharisse

Simple explanation. The owners were building an extension, then the IDC ordered them to cover it up due to lack of planning approval.

More Local Than You

Up for sale?

Shameful. So some rich outsider can come and build a plush house there?

Beanjar

Jealous? Would you rather that we all pay to have it demolished? I looked at it 15 years ago and it was falling apart then. If the States can have it preserved externally and make some money from the sale, why not? The only proviso I would make is that the freehold gets retained andthey actually sell a long lease

markB

I looked at it too a few years ago, needs heck of a lot of money spent on it. There was talk of a 21 year lease, but I think the states should sell it if they are not going to do anything with it.

Martino

I'm with you markB. It's an incongruous, useless eyesore as it stands. Sell it off to the highest bidder.

Beanjar

A 21 year lease is a joke, nobody will throw much money at renovating this wreck if they don't get at least 100 years.

markB

I'm not saying there's a 21 years lease now.. but 100 would be better.

Its a fairly large plot, you could get a few states houses on it.

Ed

Huzzar ! Something less mundane than the issues relating to the finance industry and local businesses is being publicised. I suppose this could act as a minor tourist attraction- I for one would visit an archaeological site that has an air of mystery to it .

markB

Not much of an attraction if its full of breeze blocks!!

markB

AJ... it was a youth/community centre and still an eyesore.... it needs half a million spent on it just to sort the basics out.

A.J.

"It's an incongrous useless eyesore".So your idea is to sell it,let a developer knock it down and replace with an even bigger eysore like some of the other abortions that keep appearing around our beautiful coastline.Not a lot of common sense in that idea then.

Better a charity take it over and turn it into a youth/community centre.

Metric Anvil

I'd like to know why anyone would build a metre high granite wall just under the ground? Focus all your efforts here please Dr De Jersey, we, the people of Guernsey, need to know :-)

becks

I think the answers are obvious.

The meter high wall was to stop the top of the waste breeze blocks dumped there from falling out and the pipe was a crude attempt at surface drainage to stop the lower levels of the waste dump getting soggy and collapsing.

Pretty obvious really but hey, these archaeological people have to justify their wasting time and money by making a mystery of a hole and giving scruffy students something to do to get a degree in how to use a shovel and trowel. What is the point of these "digs"? Is it to raise the price of the property by finding a real archaeological feature?