Latest Update January 2015
Our Dig Director Bob Huddart has completed a report on the investigations MAS have completed on Tonge Hall Meadow. This has been forwarded to Purcell, the consultants who are reviewing the options for preservation of Tonge Hall on behalf of RMBC.
Middleton Archaeological Society has been undertaking research into the Meadow next to Tonge Hall, one of Middleton’s oldest buildings. The hall has been dated to 1580 but is sadly in a very poor state due to years of dereliction and an arson attack some years ago*. There was a 19th century farm and barn next to the Hall which was demolished in the 1960’s. MAS undertook some research on the Tonge family and discovered that there may have been more than one Tonge Hall in existence in the 16th Century and considered the possibility that there may be some remains under the foundations of the demolished farmhouse.
We have since uncovered a section of stone walling that looks fairly similar to the stone blocks used in the construction of the Hall. We plan to carry out a weekend dig in Spring 15 to try and date the wall.
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