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FUNDING UPDATE MARCH 2018
The Second Round (Delivery Phase) HLF funding application to restore Cresswell Pele Tower was submitted on 4th March 2018. It will now be assessed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a decision made in mid-June. The application is for £677,600 and includes all of the repairs to the tower, including a new roof, to make the building weatherproof and suitable for holding events & exhibitions. A Victorian gardener’s bothy near the tower (see image above) will be rebuilt to provide welfare facilities for volunteers. The boundary walls around the site will be repaired and there will be an environmental scheme to improve the biodiversity. Last but by no means least there will be another community archaeology project.
If that isn’t enough Cresswell Village Hall Association has been successful with a funding application to LEADER to upgrade the Village Hall which will allow it to serve as a heritage an education centre to support of the pele tower project and showcase some of the area’s other amazing heritage. So we’re on a bit of a roll at the moment!
October 2017 Archaeology Update
Our October 2017 Archaeology Update is now available with exciting news about developments within the tower.
Excavations begin at the tower
8 February 2017
We opened our first trench immediately south of the Pele Tower today.
After removing the topsoil we soon trowelled down to what appears to be a 19th Century cobbled surface.
The New Gates Arrive
31 January 2017
The new iron gates have been custom built and are now in-place on site.
Replacing a pair of rather sad looking wooden gates, the new gates give an intriguing view of the Cresswell Pele Tower from the Village Green.
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30 January 2017
Following our training sessions led by Philippa Cockburn from Archaeological Research Services, the small army of volunteers began combing the Fisheries Field.
An amazing number of finds were carefully recorded covering an impressive range of dates. Mesolithic flint and Prehistoric pottery appeared. For more see our Fieldwalking video.