This week we have begun our hunt to uncover the remains of the cottage in which the famously murder Joe the Quilter lived and died. You can learn more about Joe’s story by clicking here.
With help from students from UCL and Newcastle University, as well as local volunteers, John has been leading the excavation of the site where Joseph Hedley’s cottage once stood. So far we have uncovered what appears to be the former back wall and gable end of the cottage, which is not only very exciting, but will help to inform our recreation of the cottage back at Beamish. We’ve also found lots of shards of pottery, stems of clay pipes, nails, pieces of glass and a couple of bone bottles that give hints about the former occupants of the cottage. We still don’t know yet whether these items belonged to Joe or to the family who lived in the cottage after his death. As we dig deeper, we will hopefully reveal more contextual evidence that will help to date the finds.
There’s still a lot more to discover so look out for further posts!