2004:0251 - 29 WATERCOURSE ROAD, CORK, Cork

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Cork Site name: 29 WATERCOURSE ROAD, CORK

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 03E0293

Author: Sheila Lane, AE House, Monahan Road, Cork.

Site type: Urban

ITM: E 567415m, N 573099m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 51.909082, -8.473595

Testing and monitoring was undertaken at the site of Dunn's Tannery, a 19th-century industrial site in the Cork suburb of Blackpool to the north of the city. Documentary and cartographic evidence indicated that lime pits, handling pits and stores were located on the east side of Watercourse Road. There were handling pits indicated in the centre of the proposed development site. Eight trenches were excavated along the footprints of the proposed house foundations. Extant buildings, a possible septic tank, sewer pipes, an underground culvert and a mechanic's inspection pit all prohibited the full excavation of the proposed trenches. The rubble content of the subsurface levels rendered the trench sides unstable and trenches were not excavated below a depth of 2m, below which foundation levels would not go. No evidence for any features associated with the tannery was found, but it is possible that they may still remain intact below the surface of the site.