A FORMER village pit is becoming something of a treasure trove thanks to a group of local historians.
One year into a restoration project, members of Tarvin Civic Trust, the history group and the parish council have discovered Victorian artefacts in what was thought to be Ducker’s Well.
The site, which was once covered by a shed, has been cleared and secured with fencing, to allow the group to start digging trenches to learn more about the pit’s history.
Now, much to the delight of passing villagers and shoppers, Victorian items such as bullet, which has been fired, and bottles are being discovered on a weekly basis.
Parish councillor Roger Hones said: “It really is becoming a community initiative. People stop and are almost watching every movement of the spade to see what we find next.
“We don’t think it is a well anymore. It is a pit that has been filled by water that now contains Victorian rubbish.
“We have nearly finished clearing the site and every week we discover a bit more about it. We want to dig a new trench as we have hit the top of the water and have found some items.
“We are there every Saturday and we are now taking all the artefacts with us and it’s a nice feeling when people stop and watch and take an interest.
“One day we will finish it and make it a public site to visit.”
The group have discovered that the pit’s local name of Ducker’s Well may have originated from a man called Edward Ducker who owned a lot of property in the village and his father was the former Sheriff of Chester in the early 1820s.