St. Mary the Virgin
Little Hormead, Hertfordshire

Site Code
Herts 4339
OASIS Number
143229
Site Type
Evaluation
Period
Neolithic, Medieval,
Report Number
2013_017

Summary

The earliest phase (11th or 12th century) of the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead, East Hertfordshire includes the rare survival of an original iron bound door leaf.

An evaluation by test-pit was undertaken In order to inform the location and character of a proposed footing to support an above ground structure holding the ironbound door leaf close to its original location within the now blocked north doorway of the nave. The initial intervention located within the extant door splay revealed bonded stone at shallow depth. A secondary excavation adjacent to the first, but in the body of the nave revealed a sequence of three recent layers, including the existing slab floor, over a flat compacted surface that probably approximated an earlier, possibly medieval, floor level.