Huddersfield Chronicle (28/Oct/1865) - Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association: Cambodunum

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Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Association.


The excavating in this place goes on steadily when the weather permits it; and attracts visitors from all quarters. Last Sunday, thousands of people examined the place ; but we are sorry to learn that they trampled the walls and courtways ; and some, filled with an enquiring but Vandal spirit, disturbed the coping-stones and otherwise injured the remains. We sincerely hope this will not occur again. It is not creditable to our working people to destroy that which ought to be their pride, as inhabitants of this locality ; and it is unfair to the Huddersfield Archaeological Society, who have gone to such expense for our interest and information. The weather has been very unfavourable for explorations ; but, notwithstanding, something has been done ; and some objects of interest found. The building is being now dug out from its hiding-place ; and, as the clearing away of the rubbish and soil of near 1,500 years goes on, the interior of the building is developed ; and becomes more interesting every day. It is now plain that the east side of the building was the entrance ; as a paved courtway has been discovered within the outer wall, and extends from north to south. It is in as good preservation as when the Romans left it. There is also a paved road outside the walls ; which, it is thought, encircles the building, and probably leads to other adjacent quadrangles. The west side is sub-divided into chambers or compartments, in one of which several portions of a Roman pitcher were found, and a piece of round iron, in form like a horse shoe, but circular, heavy, and greatly eaten by rust. Antiquarians have visited the place during the week, and are much pleased with the work. We noticed, amongst others, Fairless Barber, Esq., of Brighouse, and Mrs. Barber ; J.T. Clay, Esq., of Rastrick, Mr. Clay, jun., and the Misses Clay ; Rev. Jas. Hope, of Halifax ; F.A. Leyland, Esq., the well-known antiquary. We also noticed the Rev. Mr. Packer, incumbent of Longwood, in whose parish Slack is situated, Mrs. Packer and family ; and the Revs. Messrs. Thompson, Shiels, and Hoyle.