Land behind 70 Northgate Street
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Site Code
BSE422
OASIS Number
143541
Site Type
Evaluation
Period
Medieval,
Report Number
2013_031

Summary

Evaluation trenching and the monitoring of footings were carried out on land behind 70 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds. The site lies almost next to the site of the medieval North Gate. Evidence was uncovered of recent light industrial use above, and cutting, a horizon of redeposited clay with gravel below. This layer may have been a demolition deposit from buildings close to the North Gate. it may also have a deliberate attempt to raise the ground level on the edge of the floodplain. Beneath this layer was a buried medieval soil with some evidence of medieval features below including a probable gravel quarry pit. Few finds were recovered from the site and it seems likely that despite medieval activity demonstrated by the cut features, occupation in this area of the town was not dense.