Workmen find remains of ancient medieval wall and house in Conwy
SEWERAGE contractors have uncovered the remains of a medieval wall and house in Conwy. Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water’sWilliam Hughes had been working in the historic town’s Castle Street for several weeks.
Now the contractors, alongside Gwynedd Archeological Trust (GAT) experts, have unearthed the cobbles from the wall and a medieval building’s foundations which could date from the time of the world famous 13th century Conwy Castle.
GAT will carry out carbon dating.
The discoveries have delayed the sewerage works but it is not known for how long.
A Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water spokesman said: “During the course of our work on Castle Street, we have found items and features of archaeological interest.
“These have included remains of a medieval road, coins and pieces of pottery.” The company has been at pains to employ experts to look after the sites properly. He said: “To ensure any finds were preserved and accurately recorded, we employed the services of Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Their team has remained with us on site during the course of the work.
“The finds have naturally slowed the progress of the work so we have ensured businesses in the area are kept fully updated on developments.
“We would like to thank them for their continued co-operation.”
Andrew Davidson, GAT chief archeologist, said: “It’s exciting. We will try to carbon date the mortar if we can (to determine the age of the medieval building – thought to be a house – and road). We would hope that the deposits (of the building) that have been uncovered within the trench would be contemporaneous for the castle but we can’t say how old the road is.
A cesspit and pottery have also been found in the project. But it is not thought that the discovery of the wall and new building relate to the abbey or monastery which once graced the town – until Edward I had the Cistercian Abbey relocated further down the Conwy Valley, as Maenan Abbey.
Diggers unearthed the newly-found wall, and dug a trench to expose it, beside Castle Tea Gardens. Sue Hartley, who works in the tea shop, said: “It’s part of our history. It would be a shame if they just covered it over.”
But she claimed the roadworks had blighted trade as they block the pavement on her side of the road, making it harder for customers to reach her shop. “There has been a dip in trade and it’s getting into the busiest time of the year.”