1990:121 - Westgate/Slaney Street/Temperance Row/Redmond Place, Townparks, Wexford, Wexford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wexford Site name: Westgate/Slaney Street/Temperance Row/Redmond Place, Townparks, Wexford

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number:

Author: Edward C. Bourke, 62 Rockville Drive, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 704828m, N 621951m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.339132, -6.461662

WestgateA limited excavation was carried out where the Wexford Main Drainage crossed the line of the town wall in the spawell Road opposite Westgate. The base of the town wall as uncovered sitting directly on rock outcrop. A small deposit of 13th-century material and a larger deposit of 14/15th-century material was found outside the town wall. The rock outcrop directly underlay the road surface inside the wall.

Slaney Street/Redmond Place:
Rock outcrop reached the surface at the west end of Slaney street and monitoring of the digging of the sewer trench revealed the rock to be steeply sloping towards the line of natural shore. No datable deposits were uncovered. However, a thin organic deposit overlay the boulder clay, and above this lay a deposit of post-medieval landfill and box drains which increased in thickness as it came closer to the line of the natural shore. The natural shoreline occurred at the junction of Slaney Street and Selskar Street. All material uncovered east of this in Redmond Place consisted of 18th- and 19th-century land reclamation.

Temperance Row:
The natural rock lay within c. 300mm of the surface in Temperance Row, thus no stratigraphy was uncovered.