b'appeared in the Yorkshire Herald for 29th January 1919 under the heading Bugthorpe Septuagenarian Found Hanging - Sad Sequel to Depression. Shortly afterwards William, with all his children having left home, went to Salford to live with his youngest daughter Minnie and her husband James Bradshaw.It was there that he died on 17th February, 1931. Minnies daughter, Eva May Bradshaw recalls the funeral.He had always expressed the wish to be buried at Bugthorpe alongside his wife, Isabella. He was dutifully returned to Bugthorpe for burial.It was during a bitterly cold winter and the ground was frozen solid.The unfortunate thing was that during his absence those from Bugthorpe had forgotten what a tall man William was.When it came to the interment it was discovered that the grave was too small to receive the coffin. The gravediggers stamped on the corners of the coffin to try and persuade it into the ground but to no avail.The congregation had to return to the church and a little warmth whilst men with pick axes lengthened the grave and eventually, after an hour or so the service was completed.They had been a happy family and Eva recalls playing cricket with her grandfather on the village green at Bugthorpe.The families were not wealthy and could not afford proper cricket equipment so they Isabella Jacobs with her granddaughter, Amyhad to improvise.A piece of wood was a bat, some Gospel, 1917 rag rolled up and tied was the ball and in the absence (see the photograph from 1917) and on 26th January,of any stumps, playing on the common land of the 1919 she took her own life in the kitchen of theirvillage green, a tethered pig was the wicket.If the ball cottage by hanging herself.hit the pig you were out!!!An account of the inquest following Isabellas deathIt was with William that the cobblers of Bugthorpe ceased to exist.Manor Croft Dig, 2000: A SummaryWendy GildingThe South Lane excavation in 2000 wasan area 15 x 30 metres with a 5 metre extension.carried out on behalf of Yorvik Homes Ltd by MAPThe topsoil was removed by machine, revealing a Archaeological Consultancy Ltd of Malton. MAPseries of pits, postholes and linear features of different kindly gave us a copy of their very detailed reportperiods. which is summarised here in order to give an ideaPhasesof the phases and finds uncovered. The excavation was the first to be conducted and documented onTwelve phases of archaeological activity were such a scale in the area. Thanks are due to Yorvikrecorded:Homes and to MAP for bringing it to completion. Phase 0 - Neolithic: Residual scatter of worked The full report can be consulted at the Sites &flints, all waste apart from one broad scraperMonuments Record (SMR) in Hull. Phase 1 - Late Bronze Age: The earliest datable The excavations in 2000, which preceded thefeature was a circular pit 35 cm on the surface building of Manor Croft, found evidence of occupationundercut to base 45 cm, cut into the natural clay. It over a long period. was filled with burnt stones, topped with a layer of A geophysical survey showed several lineardark silt which contained 2 sherds of Late Bronze Age features, perhaps ridge & furrow, and a raised areapottery.thought to be a house platform with hearth. Two trialPhase 2 - 12/13th century: 2 pitsone circular, trenches were dug before the main excavation openedthe other rectangularfilled with soil, and 3 postholes 216 BULLETIN 13'