Holly Bush Farm, Derbyshire Dales: Watching brief (OASIS ID: thejesso1-320392)

James Thomson, 2020

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Introduction

Holly Bush Farm, Derbyshire Dales: Watching brief (OASIS ID: thejesso1-320392)

In 2018, an archaeological watching brief maintained during works in the cellar of Holly Bush Farm, Pikehall, Derbyshire, centred on National Grid Reference SK 19304 59094.

Holly Bush Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed (NHLE ref: 1109349) farmhouse of 18th century origin. The farm is recorded in the Derbyshire Historic Environment Record and the Peak District National Park Historic Buildings, Sites and Monuments Record (MPD1431) and was deemed to be of high heritage potential following the completed Historic England Historic Farmsteads Project.

The monitored works comprised the taking up of an existing gritstone flag floor within the cellar of the farmhouse, and the reduction in ground surface by approximately 30cm to enable the laying of a dampproof membrane and insulation.

The watching brief at Holly Bush Farm has confirmed that the cellar appears to have been constructed in a single phase, with two sherds of pottery from beneath the floor slabs and within a small pit cut into levelling deposits, providing a terminus post quem of the 18th century: a date contemporary with the construction of the house.