Land off Curwen Road, Workington, Cumbria: Archaeological Evaluation
Following the submission of a planning application for the construction of a residential development on land off Curwen Road, Workington, a condition (No. 13) was placed on the consent requiring a programme of archaeological work. A previous archaeological desk-based assessment revealed that the site largely saw development during the post-medieval period, initially in relation to wharfing associated with the coal trade, but latterly as an area of housing. A targeted evaluation was carried out by Greenlane Archaeology Ltd, however, demolition of the buildings that used to stand on site left little trace of any structures. A cobbled surface found in Trench 2 is of interest as it appears to predate the late 19th century remains; it is possible that this represents a yard used as part of the coal wharf or that it is in fact the line of the wagon way shown on the earlier maps.
The full report will be made available on the Archaeology Data Service website.