2003:2019 - Main Street, Ferns, Wexford

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Wexford Site name: Main Street, Ferns

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E1813

Author: Catherine McLoughlin, Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology, Unit 4, Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 701729m, N 649895m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 52.590798, -6.498605

Testing was undertaken at this site, as it is situated immediately to the west of Ferns Castle. Two trenches were excavated, the first of which contained a modern rubble and red brick soil deposit, with a maximum depth of 0.6m, which lay directly on shale bedrock. The second trench revealed a large cut, which was excavated to a depth of 1.5m (but not bottomed). The feature was filled with soil containing modern inclusions. It is possible that this is the fosse of Ferns Castle, which was only backfilled in this property in the last twenty years or so.