Suffolk Hotel Garage, High Baxter Street
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Site Code
BSE 202
OASIS Number
0
Site Type
Excavation
Period
Medieval, Post Medieval,
Report Number
2003_018

Summary

The construction of two houses on the site of the former Suffolk Hotel garage on High Baxter Street led to an excavation of the street frontage. A residual sherd of Anglo-Saxon pottery was the earliest find from the site. The first significant occupation evidence is from the medieval period with some evidence of building although the site was mostly filled with pits for rubbish and cess disposal. This suggests the street frontage was of secondary importance at this time.

During the late 16th or early 17th centuries about a third of the site contained a building with a chalk floor which fronted onto the street and had a substantial cellar to the rear. At least two property boundaries ran through the site, aligning with those which extended as far as the market place. Adjoining the building were rubbish pits and a well. The cellar was infilled in the late 17th century, possibly because of a fire although the evidence is inconclusive. The well was also infilled at this time.

The property boundaries changed, probably during the 19th century, with a wall foundation running across the middle of the site suggesting there may have been two terraced houses. These were levelled, and a garage attached to the Suffolk Hotel represents the most recent use of the site.