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Posted by The Velvet Elephant October 09, 10:58AM

Digging in the back garden of our home, built in 1836, we found this. It is made of patterned cement and has a brick edging. The cement top measures about 50cm x 90cm. Does anyone know what it might have been? Or what it might have been used for? We have lifted the top cement piece, there is nothing but dirt underneath.

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Posted by Penguin68 October 09, 11:38AM

It may already have been repurposed as e.g.hard standing for something kept in the garden. It would make a good stand for a barbecue or possibly one of those aluminium dustbin burners.

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Posted by KidKruger October 09, 01:22PM

It looks like the remaining section of (what was once) a path, scored/keyed to help prevent users slipping.

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Posted by EDmummy October 09, 03:43PM

Could it be possible that your garden housed a horse and cart? Our garden did (we once had a very large side-return). We still have a section of garden with cobbles. In our single street we know there were at least 3/4 houses which had horses - ours was for the coachman for the doctor who lived next door around 1850s, another was a dairy.

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Posted by keano77 October 09, 03:54PM

I suspect it was the base for a Victorian tiled pathway. The lines show the outline of the tiling. Not many such pathways left unfortunately. Some nice ones on Eynella Rd by the library as you walk down to the park

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Posted by KidKruger October 09, 11:10PM

If there had previously been tiles on the path they wouldn't have left a depression around their outline in the concrete like in the photo, and there would have been no use to scoring the concrete like that prior to tiling it.
The scoring was to help avoid slips when wet.

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Posted by keano77 October 10, 12:25AM

Yes, good point KK. If it had been tiled and grouted then the lines would be raised. Obviously an attempt to be decorative. I wonder though if it would have worked as a non-slip measure rather than leaving it as a rougher, tamped finish.

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Posted by KidKruger October 10, 09:39AM

Back in the day winters were harsher, surer and longer than nowadays. Any keying on a path like that would have helped stop slipping and to break-up any surface ice which formed. The concrete could have been finished rougher but may have had a less appealing appearance.

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Posted by Rockets October 10, 09:52AM

Could it have been a makeshift entrance to an Andersen shelter? Our garden has a section of grass where the soil is a lot shallower because during the war someone had put down a concrete/hardcore base for their shelter.

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Posted by Penguin68 October 10, 12:30PM

The 'slab' - which looks complete, is about 2ft by 3ft - if the actual measurements are in cms than it's likely to be well post war - but if it is 2 x 3ft it's really quite small (even with a brick surround). I can't imagine the markings are anti-slip - if only because it can't be more than 2 paces long and probably less. It may well have been recovered from some other use and then re-used in the garden. It could be the base for a burner of some sort, for instance for use in a greenhouse. The cross hatchings could be decorative, or could be to wick away moisture, so whatever was standing on it didn't get waterlogged.

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Posted by natty01295 October 10, 01:05PM

A slab access to a sewer pipe Access Maybe ??



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Posted by Fitzgeraldo October 12, 04:35PM

Perhaps impression made by large lady wearing fishnet tights sitting on unset cement. Romantic activity with builder may have contributed.


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