It was frustrating and slow having to use the bucket today, and it seemed to take an age to shift any significant amount of ash. A real hold up came when we hit a seam of rock hard clay about 15 foot down. Luckily it was only about 6 inches thick, but it took a while to get through it, even with the pickaxe.
A couple of broken Castle Mineral Water Works bottles appeared, as well as a full book of unused bills from Pollecoff drapers (sadly they couldn't be saved). But we have a rough date for the level we are now at. Castle M.W.W. went bust in 1936, and Pollecoff were only listed in the 1936 directory, so we are in the mid 30's now, and only 17 foot down. Nearing halfway now!! Only one bottle worth taking home today, and that was pretty tatty - a labelled chemist bottle from Humphrey Jones.
Looking down into the pit:
The view from the bottom:
Only item worth taking home, although a bit battered, Humphrey Jones, chemist, Caernarvon & Penygroes: