Our retired plumber/volunteer digger confirmed that the salt glazed stoneware gully drain had a trap to collect sediment at its base. Further excavation to its east quickly revealed a buried drain pipe, which had apparently been very poorly connected to the gully trap’s outlet. He explained that the joint should have been sealed with tarred rope as well as mortar, but he had expected to have seen more mortar – which in his opinion indicated a shoddy job! The drain pipe was fairly near the surface and continued at a relatively shallow downwards angle in an eastwards direction. The only new find of interest from out of the gully trap was a minute blue bead.
The ground surface on top of the drain – the path to the ‘wood-shed’ – was found to continue sloping downhill in an eastwards direction. This supports the possibility that this drain was used to water the vegetable garden to the east of the house. The vegetable garden was at a lower level, but it is now completely buried by the bulldozed mound of demolition rubble.
Immediately to the south-east of the drain, the front of the wood-shed was further excavated, and its east wall was uncovered. Luckily the shed was not as wide as was expected so its east wall was just clear of the base of the demolition rubble mound. The wall was just one brick wide, so this was definitely a ‘lean-to’ structure and not part of the main fabric of the building, which has been found to be half again as wide.
Also found were two fragmented slabs of sandstone, one of which consisted of 4 joining pieces, 20cm wide, both of which had a narrow grove 2cm from a slightly radiused edge. Could they have been window sills?