History hunters to dig up part of Elwick

Residents of Elwick who are to take part in the village's Atlas project into its history. Pictured, front, is Brian Footitt, the chair of the steering group, along with (from left) Penny Heslop, David Self, Sylvia Jobson, Minna West, Joan Banks, Keith Shaw, Judy Higgs and Vicky Harrison.

Residents of Elwick who are to take part in the village's Atlas project into its history. Pictured, front, is Brian Footitt, the chair of the steering group, along with (from left) Penny Heslop, David Self, Sylvia Jobson, Minna West, Joan Banks, Keith Shaw, Judy Higgs and Vicky Harrison.

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HISTORY hunters are set to dig up parts of a village as they seek to find out more about Elwick’s past.

The Elwick Village Atlas Group have organised the archaeological dig to take place on the village green next Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20.

With the help of the experts at Tees Archeology, the intrigued residents will be carrying out an exercise over the next few days, described as similar to an x-ray of the ground, using specialist equipment to determine the areas where historical artefacts are likely to be found.

The group have discovered some fascinating facts about the village over the last few months as they have combed through footage, maps, pictures and people’s memories of how the village used to be.

The members aren’t looking for anything in particular in the dig, but hope to find some artefacts which will help to fill more gaps as they look back at how the village has changed over hundreds of years.

Brian Footitt, chairman of the Elwick Village Atlas Group, said: “It’s been fascinating to look back at the history of Elwick and the project seems to have really struck a chord with a lot of residents.

“The archeological dig is something we planned right from the very start and we are hoping to find some more artefacts which will give us an idea about life in Elwick in the past.”

The group is also on the lookout for volunteers to help with next week’s dig.

Brian said the response so far has been excellent, with people signing up to support the project from Elwick and Hartlepool.

“The more the merrier,” said the 68-year-old who lives in the village.

So far the group have found links to Roman and Medieval settlements in Elwick and found out more about life there during the Second World War.

Anyone who wants to get involved with the dig or for more information can call Brian on 07770970064 or register at Elwick Village Post Office.