On the 23rd September an archaeology event took place at Wenlock Edge. Janine Young, the National Trust archaeologist for the West Midlands, took us on a tour of Wenlock Edge where archaeological features are particularly prominent in areas such as Smokey Hole. We looked at holloways, lime kilns, remnants of charcoal hearths, as well as boundary banks and stones; it was fascinating to see these features preserved so well.
We learnt about the past history and previous management of the site, the dangers of being a quarryman, what the lime extracted from the limestone would have been used for, and how quarrying tools and techniques have changed over the years. It was interesting to try to picture Wenlock as a hive of industry, as it would have been many years ago. Overall, a very successful event that will take place again next year – so look out for this!