Chepstow

WWII RAF Structure

Have just returned from my photographic survey of the remains of a building once associated with RAF St Brides (also known as No 6 SLG).  The airfield was originally a grass strip and also used as an emergency landing strip for RAF Llandow, which lies further to the northeast.

This survey will be included in a Cadw funded project that I’ll be undertaking later in the year looking at all the major WWII airfields in Southeast Wales. These been: Fairwood, Stormy Down, St Brides, Llandow, St Athans, Cardiff, Pengam Moor, and Chepstow.


Day in the life of an archaeological planning officer 3.30pm

Since lunch I’ve been going through a draft written scheme of investigation (WSI) for a development in Chepstow. The WSI is required to meet a condition attached to the planning consent for a residential development. An archaeological evaluation (trial trenching) of the site was carried out prior to the determination of the planning application, but this was restricted due to there being occupied buildings on the site. The scheme therefore will commence with further evalaution work and then, depending on the results, could lead to an archaeological excavation on indentified areas of the site, although it is possible that little additional work will be required, if the construction of the current buildings has destroyed all of the archaeology.

Checking a wsi can be very boring and tedious and you can feel that you are being pernickety but experience has shown that getting the wsi right can save a lot of time and trouble at a later date, as all of the archaeological work will be governed by the contents of the wsi. In general this wsi was very good, I had discussed the contents with the archaeological consultant previously, with the only major issues being the need to include the objectives of the Research Framework for the Archaeology of Wales (http://www.archaeoleg.org.uk/) and to remove the need for an OASIS record to be used as OASIS does not cover Wales.