Monday, May 16, 2011

Remains of Gawthorpe Hall discovered in Yorkshire

Archaeologists from the University of York are revealing intriguing traces – hidden for more than two centuries – of the forerunner of one of Yorkshire’s great country houses.

In the shadow of Harewood House, a team of undergraduate students is carrying out the painstaking task of unearthing the remnants of Harewood’s predecessor, Gawthorpe Hall, which was demolished in 1773. The excavation, led by Dr Jonathan Finch, of the University’s Department of Archaeology in partnership with York Archaeological Trust, is providing important new insights into the rise of the Lascelles family which owns Harewood to this day.

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