"Remarkable" medieval remains found at new swimming pool site - The Leamington Observer

"Remarkable" medieval remains found at new swimming pool site

Leamington Editorial 17th Jul, 2023   0

MEDIEVAL remains unearthed in Kenilworth have been described as “remarkable”.

The discovery of the extensive remains of foundations and walls from former monastic buildings were made in Abbey Fields ahead of a major re-development of the swimming pool.

The scale and quality of the archaeological findings made by AR Demolition and Archaeology Warwickshire have come as a surprise to all.

Warwick District Council’s project team is now working in partnership with Historic England to determine how best to preserve and record what has been found and the implications this could have on the design of the new swimming pool building.

WDC is also working closely with its contractor Kier to review the impact the findings will have on the timeline for the building works.

Neil Rimmington, inspector of ancient monuments for Historic England, said: “The quality and extent of these archaeological remains is remarkable and provide an amazing insight into the history and everyday life of this monastic site.

“We are working closely with Warwick District Council and their project team on their assessment and ongoing work.”

WDC spokesman Coun Chris King added: “Throughout this project we’ve been mindful of the historic significance of Abbey Fields and the need to carefully balance the future needs of our local community, whilst ensuring that the integrity of the scheduled monument is retained.

“Our position on this hasn’t changed and in the coming weeks we will work with our contractual partners and Historic England to reach the best possible outcome.”




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