2003:1439 - Old Cornmarket, Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Meath Site name: Old Cornmarket, Trimgate Street, Navan

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 25:44 Licence number: 03E0532

Author: Robert O'Hara, Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd, Unit 21, Boyne Business Park, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Site type: No archaeological significance

ITM: E 686726m, N 767626m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.651213, -6.688132

The proposed development is within the historic town of Navan, situated on the western side of the Old Cornmarket, a laneway connecting Trimgate Street to Church Hill. The site was formerly the Navan telephone exchange. Following an appeal by An Bord Pleanála, a building survey and archaeological assessment (in the form of test excavation) were initiated on behalf of the client. The building survey was carried out in April 2002 on the former exchange buildings, which were of modern construction.

The trench, which was oriented north-south, was 1.8m wide and excavated to subsoil, between 1.1 and 1.9m across the site. The site consisted primarily of made-up ground utilising building rubble from earlier buildings, but with no evidence to suggest that these buildings were located within this site. Red brick was found within the rubble deposits, which primarily consisted of blocks of masonry and occasionally concrete and which overlay soft sandy subsoil. Only one intact wall was recorded within the trench and this belonged to the telephone exchange building. No significant archaeological remains survived at this site.