EYO127 - St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate

Type

EXCAVATION

Location

Location St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate
Grid reference Centred SE 6092 5156 (57m by 51m)
Map sheet SE65SW
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

Technique(s)

Organisation

York Archaeological Trust

Date

Jun - 1998

Map

Description

Seven trenches were dug in an effort to evaluate the archaeological deposits at the churchyard of St Margarets, Walmgate. What these trenches revealed was that the boundaries of this churchyard had moved on a number of occaisions in the past. This was indicated by the discovery of human remains outside the present churchyard wall. During these excavations the depth of individual burials were by no means uniform with some bodies being found at the depth of only 1 metre from the surface.In trench 1, evidence of pre-burial soil activity was recovered; this was tentatively identified as dumping. Evidence was also recovered relating to the construction of the churchyard wall. Trench 2 saw the excavation of 13 burials which were all found to be intercutting in quite a complex sequence of deposits. Above these layers the deposits were strongly suggestive of the work carried out in the 1850’s when the church was extensively reconstructed. In trench 6 the material recovered saw a sequence of deposits dating from the later medieval to the post medieval periods and was discovered to be secular in nature being deposits of typical background activities. Trench 7 revealed burials outside outside the present limits of the churchyard boundary giving rise to the theory that this boundary has been quite fluid in the past. RCHME Microfilm Index Number 6680 The work followed on from an earlier evaluation, undertaken earlier in 1998 (see NRHE UID 1195441).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Unpublished document: MAP. 1998. St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate.
  • --- Unpublished document: YAT. 1999. St. Margaret's Church, Walmgate.
  • --- Digital archive: NMR. 2019. NMR data.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • CHURCH OF ST MARGARET (Building)

Record last edited

Mar 11 2020 3:12PM

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