Tollgate Public House
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Site Code
BSE 164
OASIS Number
Site Type
Roman, Anglo Saxon, Medieval, Post Medieval,
Report Number


An archaeological evaluation of land around the Tollgate Public House near the site of the medieval Babwell Mill revealed evidence for the water management system serving the mill. Documentary and physical evidence was found for the siting of the dam and mill pond as well as evidence for the changing course of the river, both natural and man-made. Possible Early Saxon features were found sealed by suspected medieval deposits which may indicate settlement activity, contemporary with a possibly Early Saxon cemetery identified last century on Tollgate Lane. The majority of material from this evaluation is of 16th century or later date. However, the presence of Early Saxon and early Roman material may be of significance in locating activity of these dates in this part of the town.