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MVHG Survey of Little Carlton Cricket/Football Pitch (Beckitt's Field) - 4 June 2009

Members of the Muskham Vale Heritage Group delved into the secrets beneath the Little Carlton cricket ground at their monthly get-together on Thursday 4 June 2009.


Fittingly for the venue, it was an occasion of two innings.


First in were a small group of MVHG members. They gathered at the ground at 5pm to mark out 20m x 20m grid areas in the outfield between the old cricket square and the much, much older medieval village which sits in the fields to the west and south-west of the cricket ground.


Two-and-a-half hours later, a Resistivity Survey began. It was undertaken by Alan Morris and his wife Celia, fresh (!) from a day of carrying out similar investigations in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. What a coincidence! The villages of South Muskham and Little Carlton were once owned by Lord Middleton, whose grand home was ... Wollaton Hall.


Alan, who undertakes non-invasive surveys for Nottingham University’s Archaeological Unit, Trent and Peak, painstakingly carried out his explorations for nigh on two hours – long after bad light would have stopped play if this had been a cricket match and, if truth be told, long after most of his fascinated audience had begun to freeze with the onset of an evening chill totally out of place in ‘Flaming June’.


So ... does the field – most recently home to Muskham Cougars football teams – contain any hidden treasures such as ditches, trenches, old house platforms? This is where our venture becomes similar to a five-day cricket match in that Alan pledges to study the results as soon as his heavy workload allows and let us know. So watch this space – and we’ll let you know the secrets of Beckitt’s Field as soon as they are revealed.

MVHG members marking out the grid

Alan and Celia conducting the resistivity survey

An ideal opportunity to prepare for BGT 2010