2004:0429 - 12 THE PARADE, DONAGHADEE, Down

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Down Site name: 12 THE PARADE, DONAGHADEE

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: AE/04/85

Author: Stefanie McMullen, Archaeological Development Services Ltd, Westlink Enterprise Centre, 30-50 Distillery Street, Belfast BT12 5BJ.

Site type: Urban, post-medieval

ITM: E 759045m, N 879950m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 54.642636, -5.535850

Monitoring of the excavation of foundation trenches was carried out here in June 2004. The development is a listed, mid-Georgian three-storey building that faces north onto Lemon's Wharf. The building was to be converted into apartments, which involved an extension to its rear.

The area closest to the standing building was excavated to subsoil and showed much modern ground disturbance. The remains of a stone cobbled yard, probably associated with the Georgian building, were uncovered. Within the southern extent of the foundation trench, a dump of fairly large stone cobbles, 0.4m in depth, was uncovered, the removal of which produced a small sherd of 17th/18th-century pottery. Several sherds of 19th/20th-century pottery were also recovered from the same context. Amongst the cobbles, the remains of a portion of demolished wall were noted that appeared to belong to part of the standing outbuilding to the exterior of the development. Bonded into the mortar were two fragments of sandstone mouldings (apparently from a window) that must have been reused from an earlier building.

Although no physical remains of an earlier building were uncovered, evidence of earlier activity was indicated by the post-medieval pottery found and the reuse of stone mouldings to construct the stone building at the back of No. 12. If a building was present on this site during the 17th/18th century, the physical remains may have mostly been destroyed by subsequent demolition and construction.