Huddersfield Chronicle (11/Nov/1865) - Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association

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Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association.


We are glad to announce that the search for Roman remains at Slack continues with unabated zeal and success. During the present week a large hypocaust, measuring 24 feet by 20 feet has been laid open for the inspection of the curious and the antiquary. It appears large enough for the general use of the camp, and adjoins the place where the smaller one was discovered 41 years ago, and which is to be seen re-erected in the lawn at Greenhead. The ground floor of the hypocaust now found is of thick Roman tile, and is complete ; but the middle floor, with most of its supporters of brick pillars, is broken and mixed with the ruins of the heavy stone roof which surmounted the whole. It may give some idea of the labour it takes to clear these places of the fallen rubbish when we state that the floor of the building is nine feet from the surface. Great care is also taken in digging out, lest some interesting portion should be broken or some relic lost. Here was found some portions of human bones, and a fragment of a Roman fibula. We are deeply grieved to learn that some acts of vandalism were perpetrated by some persons last Sunday. Let us hope they were strangers — not Huddersfield people. In another part of our columns will be found a letter from the hon. secretary, the Rev. George Lloyd, which we commend to the perusal of our readers. Many ladies and gentlemen have visited Slack during the week, and were much gratified with the interesting work.





It has given this Association very much pleasure to see the interest the working classes take in the Roman remains lately found at Slack. During the past week thousands have visited that classic ground ; and tens of thousands on Sunday. We have given every facility to the public to examine the curiosities found there; and so far as I am personally concerned, I can say with sincerity that it has afforded me much pleasure to explain all our discoveries to parties visiting the place. But, Sir, I am sorry to say that on Sunday last some evil disposed men abused their privilege by injuring some of the curiosities, and by stealing others. The human tooth dug out of the quadrangle has been stolen, and the jaw bone attached to it broken, and parts of it stolen also. The gold ring we valued so much as a relic has been broken ; and a small portion of it only left. And though last, not least, in point of interest, the large flanged tile in which the impression of a dog’s foot was so well indanted, has been wantonly broken; and so as to spoil the effect.

This last was a heartless injury ; and deserves punishment. May I ask you to insert this letter in your influential paper, in order to expose such depredations to the censure of the public, and at the same time to beg that the well-disposed and respectable visitors will aid us in the preservation of these valuable and interesting remains, by giving us the weight of their moral — and if need be,—their physical aid to protect them.

I take this opportunity to say that we have just discovered a hypocaust in the lower field.

I am, Sir, your most obedient servant,

Huddersfield, Nov. 7th, 1865.