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Medieval library site to be dug

Archaeologists are to examine a site near a medieval Herefordshire building before a new library is built.

The dig will take place near the Master's House in Ledbury before it is extended to house a new library.

Herefordshire Council said a viewing platform will be put up so people can observe the work taking place during the three-week dig from 5 January.

A medieval wall was uncovered at the site in June, which prompted the more detailed examination.

Kate Murray, assistant cultural services manager at the council, said: "I would like to apologise to motorists and traders for any inconvenience this work causes.

"But we have to fully investigate the archaeological remains before pressing ahead with the development of the new library."

Architects have been invited to apply for the tender of the library and the public will be able to comment on the proposed designs.

Hundreds of residents signed a petition calling for the Grade II-listed Master's House to be used for the new library.

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