2003:1714 - North Quay, Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Tipperary Site name: North Quay, Carrick-On-Suir

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR 85:4 Licence number: 02E0295

Author: Florence M. Hurley, 8 Marina Park, Victoria Road, Cork.

Site type: Urban medieval

ITM: E 641134m, N 622216m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.349990, -7.396230

The construction of an apartment development on a site just outside the assumed line of the town wall in Carrick-on-Suir was monitored. The site, formerly a builders' providers store, is close to the Old Bridge, while monitoring along the quay in front of the premises during the Carrick-on-Suir Main Drainage Scheme, Phase 1, had revealed part of the Bridge Mill. This is documented since the 14th century but is thought to have gone out of use by the start of the 19th century. No trace of this now remains above ground.

As the new building was to be raised above possible flood levels, a piled foundation was to be used, with the ground-beams being placed on the existing ground level. Monitoring of the piling revealed possible archaeological deposits in the central part of the site. These took the form of a charcoal-rich deposit, a yellow/brown sandy silt which contained two small pieces of medieval pottery and a dark-brown silt also with much charcoal. All of these appear to be below a layer of modern rubble and fill and were examined when brought to the surface by the piling auger. Examination of the service trenches did not reveal any archaeological material, as these were above the probable level of the archaeological deposits.