Archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved Victorian street during a massive dig at York's Hungate development.

A five-year project to excavate the area was started before Christmas by Hungate (York) Regeneration Ltd, in association with York Archaeological Trust.

The team were delighted to find the remains of Haver Lane so well preserved that they reveal the high-quality of workmanship that was used to construct the roads in even the poorest parts of York in Victorian times.

The cobbles are so well preserved that the wear on the stone from the carts of the time is still evident.

In Victorian times, Hungate was the site of a series of terraced workers houses owned by Leetham Mill, which also stood on the site.

"This vibrant heritage of a poor but strong community is to be shared with the current residents of York in a series of exciting and unique activities," Sarah Maltby, of York Archaeological Trust.

"Hungate is an opportunity to have access to your own heritage in this remarkable city."

The trust aims to bring together the memories of the people who lived in Hungate, Haver Lane and Dundas Street from 1938 to 1960s.

If you would like to contribute to this project, phone on 01904 543400 or email

The trust hope to bring these accounts together with the archaeology itself to present to the city a picture of an amazing community in York's historic past.

Ahead of development, archaeologists have been carrying out detailed investigations and will be on site for all phases.

The Dig Hungate site is also yielding fascinating evidence that increases knowledge of the city's medieval past.

New evidence unearthed by archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust, challenges previous understanding about the shape of medieval York. The size, shape and position of the King's Fishpool, created in the eleventh century by William the Conqueror, is now under review.

Meanwhile, preparatory work leading to the creation of the new Hungate urban neighbourhood in York is progressing well with the clearance of derelict buildings complete and the new sewer serving the site now in place.

The £150 million mixed-used development involves regeneration of a ten-acre brown field site, situated between Stonebow and the River Foss. It will see the area transformed with 720 new homes, new offices for City of York Council, shops and bars, a focal building, new public open spaces and walkways across and beside the river.