Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Nov/1865) - The Excavations at Slack: More Discoveries
The Excavations at Slack.
The excavations at this place, under the auspices of the Huddersfield Archaeological Society, continue to be made with unabated zeal and success. The interest manifested by all classes is very considerable, and increases almost daily. On Sunday, thousands flocked to the site on which the explorations are being made ; and great order prevailed. Early on Tuesday, whilst the men were prosecuting their labours, they turned up a substance which, from its bright appearance, they at once concluded was silver. About a "pack" of this material was discovered ; and an unusual degree of surprise was evinced by them when, after having been tested, it proved to be lead ore. This week too, a smaller hypocaust has been met with, leading out from the other, and in which the skull of an infant, and other bones were found. In this place was also secreted the lead ore, which weighs nearly 20 stone, and is now lodged with the proprietors of the estate. Portions of Roman pottery have been found from time to time ; and though last not least in point of interest, a couple of flanged tiles with the marks of dogs’ feet indented on their surfaces. The Waterworks Commissioners, headed by their respected chairman, T.P. Crosland, Esq., M.P., paid Slack a visit on Thursday, and were received by the Rev. George Lloyd, the indefatigable and obliging hon. secretary, who explained the different portions of the remains dug up and in situ. This wild, mountainous piece of country has ever been interesting to the experienced connoisseur of ancient relics on account of its now unquestionable historical associations. Doubts may have existed in the mind of the general public with reference to Slack having being the station of a Roman cohort ; but the result of the search, so far as it has been made, is important as tending to dispel at least some of the dubious opinions that may have been cherished aforetime of the subject, and to strengthen the comments of our Yorkshire historians, one of whom writes :— "The history of Huddersfield does not furnish much matter for the gratification of antiquarian research, though it is an undoubted fact that the Castle Hill, Almondbury, was, in the early age of our history, crowned with a Saxon fortress, which awed the villages below ; and that the celebrated Roman station of Cambodunum was within the parish of Huddersfield, on the confines of Stainland, and in the township of Longwood. It is also acknowledged that there are some ancient symbols of Druidical worship still extant in this parish, and that the site of a cromlech, and several stupendous rocking stones of that kind remain to this day. Not far from Meltham there is one of these stones, but the finest Druidical remains in the parish of Huddersfield is in Golcar on Wholestone Moor." The excavations at Slack are undoubtedly a source of intense pleasure, not only to the Huddersfield Archaeological Association, but to antiquarians all over the country ; and it will assuredly have the salutary effect of creating a thirst for local history amongst at least a portion of the population of the parish. Our advertising columns contain a list of the contributions given for this interesting work.