A homeowner discovered she was sitting on an archaeological goldmine â€“ when a 13th century chapel was excavated in her front garden.
Mary Hudd, 68, was having trees removed from the garden when workers discovered unusual footings in the front of her country cottage.
She then invited a local archaeological group to investigate â€“ & they spent a year uncovering a 19ft x 52ft chalk block structure â€“ & moreover found remnants of a stone tiled roof & plastered inner walls.
The building in Bincknoll, Wiltshire, is believed to be a medieval chapel which was last documented in 1609, & previously thought to have been lost forever.
But despite losing her front garden to the time team style excavations, Mary described the discovery as â€˜brilliantâ€™.
â€˜Iâ€™m interested in history & archaeology anyway so to have a bunch of people here has been fantastic.
â€˜Iâ€™ve certainly been helping out. I have been in the trenches on my knees. I have never spent so much time on my knees in a chapel before.
â€˜You just canâ€™t believe it. Iâ€™m going to wake up one day & it will just be a dream.â€™
But while the impressive find has been the â€˜talk of the villageâ€™, work is now underway to cover up the site once more â€“ as the stone has slowly deteriorated & the site has been described as â€˜decayingâ€™.
Emma Elton, who led a team of volunteers from the Broad Town Archaeology group, added: â€˜This is the first time I have ever found anything like this & I know Mary was very shocked.
â€˜It was astonishing to find what everyone thought was lost. Mary has been wonderful & unquestionably caught the archaeology bug.
â€˜Itâ€™s not what you expect to find in someoneâ€™s front gardenâ€™.
Source: “Yahoo News”