Historians have been left stunned by the discovery near Coleshill on the outskirts of Birmingham - which has been dubbed "Warwickshire's answer to Hampton Court". Archaeologists working on the HS2 train line have unearthed one of the best preserved 16th century gardens ever discovered in Britain. The ornamental garden does not appear in any historical records and was completely unknown of until excavators recently uncovered the metre ft foundations. The remains of Coleshill Manor and an octagonal moat were first picked up by archaeological teams working on the HS2 high-speed railway two years ago. But as the dig progressed, the outline of a massive garden - dating back to the s - were discovered alongside the impressive manor house.
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The Bull Ring is a major shopping centre in central Birmingham. When combined with Grand Central to which it is connected via a link bridge it is the United Kingdom's largest city centre based shopping centre and has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages , when its market was first held. Two shopping centres have been built in the area; in the s, and then in ; the latter is styled as one word, Bullring. The site is located on the edge of the Sandstone city ridge which results in the steep gradient towards Digbeth. The current shopping centre was the busiest in the United Kingdom in with The area was first known as Corn Cheaping in reference to the corn market on the site. The name Bull Ring referred to the green within Corn Cheaping that was used for bull-baiting.
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High Speed 2 HS2 is expected to be given the green light today by Boris Johnson , despite concerns about rising costs. The prime minister will set out his response to the Oakervee Review in an announcement to parliament and is expected to give his final approval to the first stretch, linking London to Birmingham. High Speed 2 is a much more ambitious rail project, involving miles of new high-speed track. The latest proposal is to add an extension northwest to Crewe to the first stage, allowing Liverpool and Glasgow to be served by high-speed trains from the outset. The latter branch will also serve Sheffield and provide connections to the existing East Coast main line to York and Newcastle.
Over motorists caught speeding on the A38 Aston Expressway during emergency roadworks over a five day period - as police warn the safety of highways workers is being put 'at risk'. Hundreds of drivers have been caught speeding past highway workers on the Aston Expressway - as police warn 'reckless motorists' they are putting lives at risk. Safety cameras caught more than drivers speeding at over 60mph during emergency work on the A38, towards the M6, West Midlands Police said. The police are now warning drivers against speeding in roadwork areas as they are putting the safety of highways workers at risk. Police said they are concerned "reckless motorists" could cause serious or fatal injuries by hitting high speeds so close to where workers are carrying out essential repairs or dealing with a live incident.