Chester-le-Street Heritage Group
Roman Archaeology - 15 Newcastle Road.
Archaeological excavations were carried out on a site near to Newcastle Road, in 2010 just opposite the Police Station/Civic Centre.
The land was scheduled to be built on, but the builders allowed Archaeologists from Durham University to investigate the expected remains of the Roman Road which was known to exist in this area and to record any other finds until the first week of June 2010.
It appears that the Roman Road, which ran right through the centre of Chester-le-Street, is now understood to have followed a line to the West of the present Newcastle Road, leaving the mini round-about at the bottom of Pelaw Bank and eventually passing through the grounds of what used to be Highfield Hospital.
At the time of writing this News Item, questions were being raised as to some anomalies which had been uncovered. The site had also been the location of a brick and tile works during the early part of the 19th Century (owned by George Murray) and the adjacent housing estate was a quarry where the clay was extracted for that industry.
In addition to establishing the course of the Roman Road, the excavations produced three notable finds. The first was a circular Roman Pot Lid, then there was the discovery of part of a Roman Glass Bottle and also a Silver Roman Coin.
Views of the excavation site at 15 Newcastle Road.
The Roman Pot Lid
The Fragment of Roman Glass Bottle
The Silver Roman Coin
The excavations towards the end of the period set aside.