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Archaeological dig on new homes site uncovers lost locket

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Archaeological dig on new homes site uncovers lost locket Archaeological dig on new homes site uncovers lost locket

Archaeologists working on the site of a housing development in Kendal have uncovered a locket which is believed to have been lost more than 60 years ago.

The small locket was discovered by archaeologists digging on the site of the town's former cattle market, which is soon to be turned into a multi million pound housing scheme being built by Home Group and Time and Tide.

The locket was discovered among the foundations of a former 18th century cottage which was situated on the edge of Appleby Road. It is believed to have been lost when the cottage was demolished in 1949 during remodelling of the auction site.

It contains the black and white picture of a young, smartly dressed man believed to be in his early 20s. It is not known when the picture was taken.

The dig, which has now been completed, was commissioned to uncover any historical artefacts before 94 homes are built on the site – half of which will be social housing for Home Group.

Gail Staton, Home Group project manager, said: “It’s exciting to see a piece of someone’s life which has been lost for decades uncovered because of the homes being built by Home Group and Time and Tide.

“We would love to see this locket returned to its rightful owner. It’s a very formal picture, the sort of portrait which copies may have been given to family members so we’re hoping someone will recognise it.”

Kevin Hodgson, Time and Tide development manager, said: “The auction site is something which has been at the heart of the community in Kendal and the surrounding area for generations and it’s great that the site is moving into a new phase which will provide opportunities for people to buy their own home and social housing for those in need.”

The dig has been carried out by AOC Archaeology Group. Melissa Melikian, operations director, said: “We came onto site to look for possible medieval remains along the eastern edge of Appleby Road. We dug two trenches and although we didn’t find any medieval remains we did uncover remains of an 18th century cottage and a 19th century mill.”

Once fully catalogued the locket will be handed over to a local museum unless its rightful owner can be located. Anyone who thinks they know the identity of the man in photograph or the history of the locket should call Home Group on 0191 2907908.

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