December 13 2013 Latest news:
The new Norfolk Hospice building is starting to take place in Hillington, and a roman well has been discovered - From left, Norfolk Hospice Chief Exec Richard Shaw with Carters site project manager Mark Cudbertson with the well. Picture; Matthew Usher.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Builders constructing a new hospice for Norfolk stumbled across a 12th-century well.
Richard Shaw, chief executive of the Norfolk Hospice – which is building the £3.5m facility near the A148 at Hillington – said: “We were putting in some things to do with drainage at the site and, as we were doing that, it was uncovered.”
Mystery surrounded what the object was at first until archaeologists at the NPS Group in Norwich came to excavate the site.
The structure was made of flint, which gave the archaeologists a clue as to when it was created.
The earth surrounding the well is now going to be searched to see if there are any other interesting artefacts, as items of pottery – also made of flint – were discovered nearby.
Mr Shaw said it was “quite fascinating” to look at the history of the area, but added: “A real piece of future is starting to come out of the ground as well.”
Building firm RG Carter has been working on the site since the summer after the Norfolk Hospice got a £500,000 government grant, meaning it could give the green light to the project.
It had already raised most of the cash needed but the grant meant they could commit to the project while raising the final £500,000 to pay for fitting out the inside of the hospice.
The new building will incorporate between six and eight inpatient beds, as well as community facilities, and Mr Shaw said: “It will enable us to offer a much-needed service that we are unable to provide a present.”
The hospice is currently based in Common Road (West) in Snettisham but has been outdated for some time, meaning the charity is not able to provide the level of care it wants to – or that it believes west Norfolk needs.
Mr Shaw said: “We are the last remaining area without a full-service hospice and we need people to get behind us to give us that final push, so we can get the hospice up and running and provide the area with the service we know it needs.”
The hospice is currently running a Sponsor a Brick campaign to raise the final amount needed.
Those interested in making a donation should call 01485 542891 or text BRIC05 £5 to 70070.