Site Event/Activity record ESF20024 - Thurleston High School (old playing fields)

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Location IPS 581, Thurleston High School (old playing fields)
Grid reference Centred TM 1520 4774 (133m by 295m)
Map sheet TM14NE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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An evaluation of the old playing fields to the east of Thurleston High School and the monitoring of footing trenches through an adjacent demolished wing of the school revealed varying degrees of disturbance and truncation. Despite this, three ditches were recognised. Two of these were of comparative recent date and have been matched to boundary ditches recorded on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1881. A third ditch was of considerable size, of up to 6m width and 1m depth, and was approximately north to south running. Tip lines within the fills suggest a bank along the ditch's western edge. Finds from the upper fills suggest a medieval date for this feature. Unstratified finds of later prehistoric (Iron Age?) and later 17th century date were recovered from the topsoil. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: HER event no. IPS 581 NMR No. 1516907 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Public building (e.g. school, church, hospital, medical centre, law courts etc.) Methods and Techniques: Sample Trenches Position in the Planning Process: After full determination (eg. As a condition) Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: None Current Land use: Other 14 - Recreational usage Monument Type(s)/Period(s): DITCH Medieval , DITCH Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Medieval , POTTERY Late Prehistoric PROJECT LOCATION Area 3.30 Hectares Grid Reference: TM15174762 Point Height 42.00 - 45.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Planning Authority (with/without advice from County/District Archaeologist) Design originator: Jess Tipper Director/Manager: John Newman Supervisor: Jezz Meredith DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Stratigraphic, other Media: Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Stratigraphic, other Media: Correspondence, Miscellaneous Material, Report, Section PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Ceramics, Worked stone/lithics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: IPS 581, Thurleston High School (old playing fields) evaluation and monitoring Author(s)/Editor(s): Meredith, J. Other Bibliographic Details: 2008/157 Date: 2008 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Ipswich Description: A sleek, stream-lined little number, bursting with informative illustrations. Comes with free Brief and Specification!

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Meredith, J.. 2008. Evaluation/Monitoring report. Thurleston High School, Whitton.

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

  • Ditch 0004 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Ditch 0006 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Ditch 0006 (Ipswich UAD child record)
  • Old Playing Fields, Thurleston High School, Whitton, Ipswich. (Monument)

Record last edited

Dec 3 2018 4:26PM

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