Station Road East
Stowmarket, Suffolk

Site Code
SKT 051
OASIS Number
54730
Site Type
Evaluation
Period
Medieval, Post Medieval, Modern,
Report Number
2009_066

Summary

A trial trench evaluation was carried out at the above site in advance of a proposal to redevelop the site for residential properties and associated parking. A number of features of archaeological interest were recorded during the work. The site appears to have been low lying, possibly marshy ground prior to the completion of the Stowmarket Navigation in 1793, which made the River Gipping much more navigable for the transport of goods. The completion of the Navigation led to the foundation of a number of industrial and mercantile operations at the navigation head on the development site. Foremost among these were maltings and their associated warehouses, evidence for which was recorded during the evaluation. A modest assemblage of finds dating from the medieval up to the early modern period was collected.