Archaeology and Development

In this post Clelia discusses the importance of archaeological heritage and the impact this may have on site or property developments and how Groundsure reports can help you to uncover potential issues. If you have any questions or comments about this article you can contact the commercial team at Archaeology and development Archaeological or historic


Workhouse – the story of an institution

For many, the word “workhouse” conjures up the image of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist (1838) begging for food from a cruel master [1]. This image is a very accurate portrait of life in these places; in fact, Dickens wrote Oliver Twist based on the conditions he witnessed at Cleveland Street Workhouse, a workhouse nearby where


Building on the flood plain

In a perfect world no one would want to be building within a fluvial flood plain and tidal flood zone… but with such competition for land, it is something that cannot be avoided all the time. Record breaking rainfall has seen flooding sweep across the UK, and yet according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC),


Victorian dust-yards: early recycling

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Whilst most people regard recycling as a recent phenomenon, it has been practiced in many forms for centuries. A number of studies have identified large scale recycling systems as arising from the 19th-century Sanitary Movement. [2] However, in London, an often overlooked but very effective and well-organised system appears to date back much earlier to


Asbestos: The Hidden Health Hazard of 19th Century


Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of many small fibres. There are three main types of asbestos – white asbestos (chrysotile), brown asbestos (amosite) and blue asbestos (crocidolite). Asbestos is most commonly found in industrial or residential buildings constructed before 1985. Many homes built before the mid-1980s contain asbestos in flooring/ceiling tiles, roof


Groundwater abstraction and Source Protection Zones

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Definition and classification of Groundwater Source Protection Zones Groundwater provides a third of our drinking water in England and Wales, 7% in Northern Ireland and 3% in Scotland [1]. In some areas of Southern England, groundwater supplies up to 80% of potable water. Potable water, also known as drinking water, is water that is safe