On the 13th and 14th September 2016 the Roman Gask Project teamed up with volunteers from Quarry Bank Mill National Trust and Wilmslow Community Archaeology to look for the 19th-century astronomical observatory that is mentioned in a number of records held at Quarry Bank and is seen on the first edition Ordnance Survey map.
Using resistance and magnetometry we were able to confirm the location of the building close to the entrance to the Upper Gardens at Quarry Bank.
We are currently preparing a more detailed report on the site, so in the meantime, we decided to include a few impressions from the survey.
We have decided to give you a bit of a say in the development of this website.
Of course, our new website will have most of the old information (we decided not to reproduce some of the out-of-date material.
But in the past, this site was used quite a lot by students looking for material for their essays.
This is a great way to use the site (unless you intend to just cut-and-paste, which we frown upon), and so we would like to help. What do you need, that we have not been able to provide? Feel free to let us know and we will see what we can do. If it is part of our study remit, if we have the data, if we know the answer, we are willing to help.
Just leave us a message.
A long term research project to study the Romans north of the Antonine Wall