Ahmad, C., Philpott, R. A. and Adams, M. C., (2011). An Archaeological Watching Brief at St Mary's Church, Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire. (NGR SJ 4414 7453) Site Code 121.. Archaeological Services National Museums Liverpool.

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An Archaeological Watching Brief at St Mary's Church, Thornton-le-Moors, Cheshire. (NGR SJ 4414 7453) Site Code 121.
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Archaeological Services National Museums Liverpool unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1035391
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The report describes the results of an archaeological watching brief conducted during the replacement of small sections of internal floor and the excavation of a new drainage system in the churchyard at St Mary's Church, Thornton-le-Moors. The church is believed to stand on the site of a Pre-Conquest church and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. However, the earliest surviving sections date from the 14th century, with 16th and 17th century additions. It is a Grade I listed building. The most likely buried archaeological deposits to be found on the site included human remains, buried gravestones, remains of coffins (such as iron nails and fragments of wood) and evidence of a medieval church, or earlier, with associated artefacts. The only deposits found during the watching brief within the church related to 19th century floor levels. In general there was a higher quantity of disarticulated human bone recovered from the south side of the church than the north. The sides of two brick-lined vaults were uncovered along the northern stretch of excavation. The remains of a previously disturbed articulated burial were uncovered towards the north-east corner of the church. Further articulated human bone was encountered within the final stage of excavation heading westwards towards the eastern wall of the church. This burial, which lay partially within the trench section, was left in-situ as there was a sufficient gap for the new drain pipe to be laid alongside. A number of fragments of coffin furniture were recovered including a complete coffin plate with full inscription, iron coffin handles and nails. The majority of other finds were of 19th/20th century in date and were not retained. The exceptions included medieval tile fragments, a 17th/18th century cooking pot sherd, a George III Irish farthing dated 1806 and a George V penny dated 1931.
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C Ahmad
Robert A Philpott
M C Adams
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Archaeological Services National Museums Liverpool
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
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2011
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Site: St Mary's Church
County: CHESHIRE
District: CHESTER
Parish: THORNTON LE MOORS
Country: England
Grid Reference: 344140, 374530 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: BRICK-LINED VAULT Post Medieval
Find: COFFIN FITTING Post Medieval
Find: COIN (1806) Post Medieval
Find: COIN (1931) Modern
Find: GRAVESTONE Post Medieval
Find: HUMAN REMAINS Post Medieval
Find: TILE Medieval
Monus: CHURCH Medieval
Monus: CHURCHYARD Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: liverpoo1-205162
OBIB: Final report
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01 Feb 2018
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