The Park Pale

No trace of the garden 'temple seat' was found.No trace of the garden 'temple seat' was found. A section of the park boundary by Greendown School was excavtated, and it was found that the stone wall is built directly on the limestone at the base of the ditch. There was no evidence of earlier filling of the ditch, which means that either the boundary was first built in the 18th century, or that the earlier medieval Park Pale that was thought to be there was completely changed and cleaned out when the 18th century landscaping was carried out .
 
In the same area we dug two trenches looking for an ornamental garden ‘temple seat ’ shown on a map in 1766 on the east side of the lake. No trace of it was found, so it was probably an insubstantial wooden structure or seat.

 

Earthen bank made up of the spoil from ditch clearance prior to the construction of the stone wall.Earthen bank made up of the spoil from ditch clearance prior to the construction of the stone wall.The stone wall rests on natural bedrock.The stone wall rests on natural bedrock.Elevation of the stone wall within the pale or boundary ditchElevation of the stone wall within the pale or boundary ditch