We needed the scaffolding up before we could safely access the parapets, so work to clear the parapets happened in April 2019. There was a couple of inches of spongy turf built up on the wall walk after at least a century of weather and birds. We were very curious to see what might be underneath, and we were hoping for intact flag stones and drains leading out to the scuppers (drain holes). Alas, we did not find that - the walk walks are small and our tower is plain. If there were originally larger flagstones they were long gone.
Interestingly, there were remains of some small flagstones around the chimney. These were mortared in so were deliberately placed there. However there were nail holes in one or two, so these were probably earlier roof slates that were repurposed.
We had originally planned the final stages of archeology to be done in 2020 or later. However we were concerned we might need the new driveway earlier for access by big machinery, including the crane to install the tower roof. So with some careful detailed planning, we arranged another complicated work week in August 2019 with the new entrance along the Norman Way road. We also wanted to clear all the piles of dirt from our February excavation so we could re-seed the fields and put them back to grazing for sheep and cattle.
David came back for the third session, working with Ollie again. Since the driveway had significant test pits done by Catherine in 2018, there was not much to see except more clay! The piles of excavated subsoil were spread over the fields by Ollie, and the topsoil created a raised garden bed.
The summary report for the new access way can be found here.