School of History, Classics and Archaeology


The Ovenstones Miners Cottages Project

A stone displays an quote from a Psalm regarding caring for the poor and needy.

This project is in its initial stages. It investigates the lives of 19th century mining families living at Ovenstones, a row of coalminers’ cottages located on the outskirts of Rothbury, Northumberland.

Our aims are to:

In February 2007 a preliminary excavation was undertaken on the midden adjoining the cottages, and the entire site was surveyed.

In June 2007 the Coquetdale Community Archaeology group excavated one of the cottages in the row.

The funding sought here will enable us investigate the materials recovered from Ovenstones in greater depth. Where and when were these items made? Who manufactured them? What were they used for? What do they tell us collectively about the consumer habits of the Ovenstones families?

Working in conjunction with Dr Carolyn Ware (Beamish Museum), our intention is to seek funding to expand the Ovenstones initiative into a research led, but community based, exploration of a 19th century community and its legacy.