We’re currently aiming to complete the project in late 2015, but the site will be open to the public on National Heritage Open Days weekend (12th Sept). By then we will have carried out landscape improvements to the Tower site and created a link from Close Park.
Tours will start the entrance to Close Park at 11 a.m, 12 noon, 1 p.m and 2 p.m.
Following the archaeological digs in November 2013 and 2014, Salford University, under the Dig Greater Manchester Programme, is to carry out further archaeological investigations of the medieval remains on the Tower Street side of the site. The dig will start on 13th April and anyone wishing to volunteer as a digger should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On 13th April Bury Volunteer Rangers will be back to do more woodland management on the link between Close Park and the Tower site. To join in, for further details ring 0161 253 6923 or email BVRS2013@outlook.com
Work began on 2nd March on the consolidation and re-pointing of the remains of the de Radclyffe’s pele tower. The £64,000 job will take three months and is being carried out by Bullen Conservation, with design and supervision by Manchester firm of architects, Lloyd Evans Prichard.
Bury Volunteer Rangers are to carry out two days of woodland management and vegetation clearance on the proposed link between Close Park and the Tower.
WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd), a landfill credits distribution company has offered £54,000 towards the costs of repairing the Tower.
Following the finding of medieval remains at the end of the 2013 dig, Salford University archaeologists are to return on the 28th August for a further two week dig. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centre-for-Applied-Archaeology-University-of-Salford/171863342870145
There’s a new attraction for this year’s Party in the Park at Close Park, with volunteers from the heritage project leading tours to the Tower. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Close-Park/227509157328550
Work has started on making the Tower site secure by the erection of a paladin fence around it. The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and the Council is expected to protect it from damage.
On 7th October work began on a six week archaeological investigation of the Tower site to see if remains of the great hall and manor house survive.