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Pupils on hunt for history

Pupils from Tinsley Junior School take part in an archaeological dig to discover a medieval manor farm on the school fields
Ashley Tuck explains the remains to Leyla  and Daniel as Ioans digs

Pupils from Tinsley Junior School take part in an archaeological dig to discover a medieval manor farm on the school fields Ashley Tuck explains the remains to Leyla and Daniel as Ioans digs

Pupils at a Sheffield school have been turning back time to uncover the forgotten story of a medieval manor house.

Youngsters from Tinsley Juniors have been helping out archaeologists and volunteers on the project which is taking place in the grounds of their very own school.

The two-week dig is entitled Exploring Tinsley Manor, and is part of a three-year exploration of the area supported by £50,000 of Heritage Lottery funding.

Heeley City Farm began the project early last year and workers have involved not only children but also local community organisations and experts.

Nine and 10-year-olds have been working with project officer Sally Rodgers every week to find out more about the fascinating story of the manor house.

Pupils have been exploring the local area spotting clues to past times, looking at historic maps and photos, examining artefacts from the period and even attending a Tudor Feast.

Sally said: “We are confident the project will give Tinsley residents the opportunity to investigate this little-studied fantastic piece of Sheffield’s history.

“This is a unique archaeological site right on Tinsley’s doorstep.”

Headteacher Rebecca Webb said: “The whole school is excited to be involved in the archaeological exploration of the school site, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to have hands on experience working with professionals and members of the wider community.”

Project workers are studying documents dating back to 1293, and have been looking as well as the more recent history of Manor Farm, as the house became known.

It was demolished to allow the junior school to be built in the early 1960s – a period to be recalled by older local residents.

 

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