Cupola House cellar recording

During work to rebuild the late 17th century Cupola House a bricked-up entrance to a small subterranean room was uncovered which was an annex to the extensive cellars that lay beneath the house. The arch-headed entrance and the room were part of the original build and an integral part of the cellar. The annex room extends outside the footprint of the above-ground house; it is lower than the main cellar and would have been accessed by a short flight of steps …

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The Old Rectory

Monitoring of groundworks associated with the construction of a drainage bowl at The Old Rectory, Barsham, was carried out in order to record any archaeological evidence present. The area had been subject to a degree of modern disturbance but one small archaeological feature was identified from which medieval pottery was recovered. Two sherds of medieval pottery were also recovered from the top of an otherwise sterile, homogenous subsoil layer, filling an apparent natural hollow up to 0.55m deep in the eastern side of the stripped area …

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5 Friars Lane

Two evaluation trenches with a combined length of 41.7m were excavated at 5 Friars Lane, Bury St Edmunds. The evaluation identified five features comprising a single undated gully or small ditch, two medieval probable refuse pits and two larger pits that were likely to have been chalk extraction pits. Due to the excessive depth of the evaluation trench the second quarry pit (0022) was summarily investigated and produced an iron nail thought to be medieval in date …

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Rose Villa, Priory Walk

An evaluation by trial trenching was carried out on the site of a proposed residential development, which was located within the precinct of the former Dominican Priory. The natural stratum was truncated by some large late medieval or post-medieval pits, possibly quarries. Part of a mortared flint and tile foundation represented an early post-medieval building or structure that was constructed over one of the backfilled pits. A brick-built cellar or chamber in the southern half of the site was part of a 19th-century building shown on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1885 …

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Land west of Bramleys, High Street

An area of 0.43 hectares was subject to trenched evaluation as a condition of planning consent to develop the site. Three trenches were excavated, within which a single medieval ditch was identified in the south east corner of the site, close to and approximately parallel with the road. North of this, a large pit was observed which contained medieval pottery and is likely to be associated with extraction, possibly of chalk …

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Moyses Hall ducting

Archaeological monitoring was carried out during the installation of electrical ducting beneath the brick floor at Moyses Hall, Bury St Edmunds. The work was instigated by St Edmunsbury District Council. Moyses Hall is a rare surviving secular Norman building and EH grade 1 listed …

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