Newport Friary remains 'not significant' says expert

Newport Friary remains 'not significant' says expert

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. (4600440)

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured at archaeological workers at the site of the find. (4600486)

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured is a wide open view of the site and Friars Walk project. (4600508)

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured is a wide open view of the site and Friars Walk project. (4600540)

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured are the archaeological workers at the site. Top left is part of the medieval flooring and wall.

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured are the archaeological workers at the site. (4600573)

A overhead view of the archaeological work being conducted at Friars Walk site. During construction work, parts of a medieval wall were uncovered. Pictured are the archaeological workers at the site. (4600607)

First published in Gwent news

THE remains of a medieval friary in Newport city centre are not significant enough to be preserved on site, an archaeological expert has said.

With preparations for Friars Walk cracking on, a small team of archaeologists are hard at work uncovering part of the medieval history of Newport.

Workers from Pre-Construct Archaeology (PCA) are digging away at a trench in the middle of the vast Friars Walk development site.

There archaeologists have uncovered a wall and a stone floor from the old medieval friary – which had stood on the site as recently as the 19th century.

The area being examined is part of the development site, and the developers do not intend to preserve the remains where they stand.

What was uncovered did not come as a surprise - the archaeological work had been a part of the plans for the development and it is not expected that the work will delay the development.

Paw Jorgensen is a senior archaeologist on site with PCA, the firm employed by Friars Walk developers Queensberry Real Estate (QRE) to conduct the work.

“It’s still very early days, we’re still trying to come to grips with exactly what we have,” he said.

“We’re trying to find out how everything relates to the friary. We’re trying to make out what’s contemporary and what’s not,” Mr Jorgensen said.

As well as the friary, the site has uncovered piles from previous buildings and walls from later buildings.

The trench lies in a site between several modern structures that destroyed much of the older structures on either side, including a live sewer a basement area from a previous development – the archaeologist told the Argus it was like a pocket of archaeology had survived.

But Mr Jorgensen said the remains weren’t “significant enough to warrant preserving in situ”.

However the work will allow archaeologists to position the Friary complex’s buildings accurately, and the finds will be recorded with artefacts set to be passed to local museums – Mr Jorgensen said pottery has been found on site that is thought to date to the medieval period.

Martin Tresidder, senior development manager for QRE, said the archaeological work at Friars Walk is nothing like that at the firm’s South Gate development in Bath, which he said went on for “months and months and months.”

He told the Argus: “We knew what we were looking for. We found what we were looking for.”

He expected the archaeological work to be finished within the next month.

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8:19am Fri 14 Mar 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I'm guessing the discovery that a Friary once existed there would make this area consecrated ground. Didn't Jesus Christ once have a bit of a bust up about a business development going up on consecrated ground?
I'm guessing the discovery that a Friary once existed there would make this area consecrated ground. Didn't Jesus Christ once have a bit of a bust up about a business development going up on consecrated ground? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -10

3:35pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Crazydad says...

It would be nice and forward thinking of all parties involved in the development to place a glass floor over the top of the remains and make it a feature of the new development. But Newport Council have already decided that the finds are not significant and that this will not stop the development.

Make it a part of the development and not something that becomes buried in concrete until then next redevelopment when even more of it will be lost through digging new foundations.
It would be nice and forward thinking of all parties involved in the development to place a glass floor over the top of the remains and make it a feature of the new development. But Newport Council have already decided that the finds are not significant and that this will not stop the development. Make it a part of the development and not something that becomes buried in concrete until then next redevelopment when even more of it will be lost through digging new foundations. Crazydad
  • Score: -6

11:47pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Leepod says...

End of, move on, concentrate on the future!
End of, move on, concentrate on the future! Leepod
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Sat 15 Mar 14

rmh1989 says...

i bet the "expert" works for newport city council and they want to destroy it like they destroyed the mural
i bet the "expert" works for newport city council and they want to destroy it like they destroyed the mural rmh1989
  • Score: -4

9:21pm Sun 16 Mar 14

rmh1989 says...

Leepod wrote:
End of, move on, concentrate on the future!
so youre quite happy for all historical buildings to just be bulldozed and replaced with tower blocks, how 1960s
[quote][p][bold]Leepod[/bold] wrote: End of, move on, concentrate on the future![/p][/quote]so youre quite happy for all historical buildings to just be bulldozed and replaced with tower blocks, how 1960s rmh1989
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