Standish Wood Lane

Date: November 22, 2010 11:52PM
The results show absolutely nothing (scroll down to see this Sunday’s results) – the pattern produced is very typical of underlying geology (higher resistivity on the higher ground). There is another clue which strongly suggests that the Roman road did not cross this field – i.e. there is no sign on the ground of an agger, bank or terrace, which you might expect as the road came of the ridge. (This ridge points towards Wigan bu the projected line goes down the hill towards Scott Lane bridge at Martland Mill and on to Goose Green, eventually lining up (in theory) with the road leading south out of Wigan.) Probing suggests there is a rocky sub-surface all over the field at no more than a ploughshare’s depth – and curiously the ground is a-ceramic (i.e. not a single piece of pottery could be spotted) suggesting the field wasn’t ploughed until recent times(therefore giving more chance for a road to have survived).

Date: November 22, 2010 11:31PM
Difficult to get a bearing – as the projected line runs at about 45 degrees to the field boundary (and we couldn’t see the previous survey area). We picked our datum at the top (north) corner of the field and measured 60m eastward along the field boundary. This spot we used for the top base line of our survey and set out the line and survey area using 3, 4, 5, triangles. With this area we were confident we would cover the projected line.

Date: November 22, 2010 11:19PM
Revisited the site again last Sunday (and another good turn-out) to look in the field south of Speckled Holly on the projected line. Met the farmer this time(Tom Stafford – well one of them, we assume his son) – seemed happy for us to be in his field (even wanted to know if we’d found anything).

Date: September 14, 2010 10:57PM
Strange isn’t it that you never seem to get what you expect with resistivity. The high res (shown as the light areas) is predominantly on the left side which could be the road but looks to be too far over and is possibly just reflecting the shape of the ground (it falls away sharply at this point forming a terrace). Less prominent is curving strip of high res which seems to indicate a continuation of the track leading into the field. I’m not, however, convinced by this result that there was every a Roman road crossing this field (which also seemed to be confirmed by the long probing we did at the time).

Date: September 12, 2010 09:45PM
Completed a 40 x 25 grid despite the attentions of a herd of bulls (Mark has realised a new skill as a (midnight) cowboy). The grid straddles the suspected line of the Roman road projected from Standish Wood Lane (on the 1st Edition 6″ OS map of 1849 there is a tram road running along the projected line so may pick that up as well).Edited by Bill Aldridge.

Date: September 12, 2010 09:17PM
Great turn out for today’s resistivity survey at Standish Wood Fold – Chris, Kat, Andy, Frank, Dave, Ken, Mark (on his bike) and me. Bit worried about gaining access but the lady living at Speckled Holly was most accommodating – she introduced us to her her daughter who lives at Upper Wood Fold (turns out she has a degree in archaeology and is very interested in our project).

Date: July 22, 2010 10:45PM
Met with Eric this evening to see if we could find out who owns the fields around the Standish Wood Folds where we could possibly do some geophysics. Spoke to a bloke walking his dogs (and cat) in the triangular field between the two folds (the lower one is now called Speckled Holly). He said the land round about is owned by a coal mining company (?) and leased to various farmers (none of which lived in any of the folds). The triangular field and the field south of Lower Fold are leased to Tom Stafford who’s farm was some distance away (the guy in the field never sees any of the farmers). The man himself lives in the one of the buildings at Upper Fold and his mother-in-law lives at Speckled Holly. He thought there should be no problem us doing a survey in these field. Viewing the field south of Speckled Holly however it looks like we will need to wait until the farmer has taken the crop. All in all though a useful trip.

Date: December 17, 2009 04:00PM
Good trip last Sunday. We started at Brimlow Farm and worked our way up the old railway line (which Eric thought we might have possibilities with, until he saw how big the embankment is – by the way bumped into two from Wigan History Search). At Wakefield’s Farm we crossed over onto Standish Wood Lane – fantastic view looking south over Wigan – can see why so many have assumed it to be the main RR north-south. Noticed though how deep the cutting is as you pass the ‘medieval cross’ – must be at least 4 metres at its deepest (however when you look on the map the cutting deviates off to the west – maybe this was added later to ease the slope – which is quite significant at this point). From Standish Wood Folds (where we looked for possibilities of doing some geophys) we crossed over towards Brockhurst where we examined an old bridge (18th century or earlier) – obviously another old route across these fields.

Date: March 02, 2010 08:56PM

Ancient cross base (Medieval most likely – but how early?)

Date: March 02, 2010 08:47PM
Standish Wood Lane (looking south as it passes the ancient cross base). At this point the lane has started to enter a cutting (just out of sight the cutting is reaching 4m deep).

Date: March 02, 2010 08:35PM
Standish Wood Lane (looking south as it passes Strickland House Farm).

Date: November 17, 2009 11:47PM
This is an extract from the last map.  It has been magnified and covers the particular area we will fieldwalk shortly.

Date: November 15, 2009 06:34AM
Bill’s map showing the possible routes of the road north of Wigan.

Date: November 14, 2009 10:20PM
This map, obtained from the same source, shows the area immediately to the south of the previous map.

Date: November 14, 2009 10:17PM
An extract from one of the earlier OS maps obtained from the Lancashire County Council Mario website.  Prospect Hill just to the south of Standish is at the top of the map.  The map includes Standish Wood Lane which some believe is the alignment.

Date: November 14, 2009 10:04PM
An extract from the 1:25000 OS map including the area we hope to investigate.
The apparent railway sidings immediately to the north west of Brimelow Farm are my pencil lines that I failed to erase.

Date: October 30, 2009 12:19AM
Hello everyone,
The society is hoping to carry out fieldwork north of Wigan soon in an attempt to determine the route of the Roman road between Brimlow Farm and Standish.  It would be most useful if you would use this forum to share any ideas that you may have on this subject so that when we go up there we will be starting with some areas to investigate.
There is a useful article in our Wigapedia section entitled ‘Roman Road North Of Wigan.’

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