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Excavations at a former Cadbury chocolate factory car park have uncovered something interesting.
Recent excavation of concrete slabs to level a large area at the corner of Castle St and Bow Ln in preparation for the storage contractor vehicles and equipment that will be involved in the demolition of the former Cadbury factory site unearthed several historic items.
Brick paving and foundation features were found around the site, as well as a paved drainage trench.
A post on a website for the new hospital said the building and feature were thought to date back to the 19th century.
The largest collection of items was found underneath the wooden foundations of the structure.
Several glass bottles and ceramic artefacts were found, with some clearly identifiable by their labels.
Similar Holloways ceramic containers date back to the 1860s.
The ointment was marketed as a "cure of gout and rheumatism".
A second, smaller deposit of items were found on the northern section of the carpark.
Hayden Cawte of Underground Overground Archaeology, who oversaw the excavation, said he was particularly surprised by the level of preservation of the artefacts and brickwork.
“With the foundations, you don’t often see that level of structural detail, and the ceramic artefacts were in great condition.”
All artefacts were recorded on-site then discarded off-site due to the risk of asbestos and diesel contamination as part of required health and safety procedures, the post said.