Site Event/Activity record ESF19937 - Monitoring, St. Michaels Church, Woolverstone

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Location WLV 023, St. Michaels Church, Woolverstone
Grid reference Centred TM 1900 3857 (10m by 13m)
Map sheet TM13NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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Re-ordering works included the insertion of a new toilet facility into the base of the tower and the external excavation of service trenches and the insertion of a Trench Arch Drain. Archaeological monitoring of the excavation works was undertaken by Suffolk County Council's Archaeological Service Field Projects Team. The excavations external and internal to the tower revealed a bonded flint and septaria footing that stepped out on both sides of the wall, presumably to spread the weight of the tower. Removal of the existing patterned slate floor (Victorian) in the tower revealed a secondary floor surface of compacted mortar with flints and brick/tile fragments. The subsequent removal of this floor revealed the underlying sandy soil, which included fragments of disarticulated human bone, probably from burials in the churchyard prior to the construction of the tower in the 15th century. Five half bricks set in a circle close to the centre of the tower and sealed by the secondary floor surface had no obvious function. The drainage trenches and soakaway external to the tower were not deep enough to disturb intact burials and further structural remains were not uncovered. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Not known Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Field observation, Watching Brief Reason for Investigation: Faculty jurisdiction Site status: Listed Building Current Land use: Other 4 - Churchyard, Community Service 1 - Community Buildings Monument Type(s)/Period(s): CHURCH Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): N/A None PROJECT LOCATION Area 10.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM19003858 Point Height 30.00 - 30.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Diocesan Archaeologist Design originator: R Carr Director/Manager: Stuart Boulter Supervisor: Stuart Boulter DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR ID: WLV 023 Contents: Survey Media: Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR ID: WLV 023 Contents: Survey Media: Correspondence, Drawing, Plan, Report, Unpublished Text BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: (WLV 023) St. Michaels Church, Woolverstone; A Report on the Monitoring of Groundworks Associated with the Construction of a New Toilet Facilty and External Servcie Trenches Author(s)/Editor(s): Boulter, S. P. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Rpt. No. 2008/238 Date: 2008 Issuer/Publisher: Suffolk County Council Place of Issue or Publication: Ipswich Description: Unbound A4 sheets

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Boulter, S.. 2008. Monitoring report. St. Michaels Church, Woolverstone, Woolverstone.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Church of St Michael (Monument)

Record last edited

Feb 24 2011 11:07AM

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