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Friday, 18 May 2012

Dig uncovers secret past of Markeaton's lost hall


AN archaeological dig has uncovered the remains of foundations to the old hall in Derby's Markeaton Park.
The excavation, led by Trent Peak Archaeology and arranged by Derby City Council, aims to show people what an archaeologist's job involves.

Last weekend, it attracted dozens of volunteers, with 34 turning up on Saturday and 32 on Sunday.
They hope to repeat that this weekend.

Markeaton Hall was an 18th-century country house. It was used by the Army during the Second World War but then fell into disrepair.

It was eventually declared unsafe and was demolished in 1964, leaving only the orangery, a grade two listed building.

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