Site Event/Activity record ESF21030 - The Priory, Little Waldingfield

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Location The Priory
Grid reference Centred TL 92350 45138 (37m by 29m)
Map sheet TL94NW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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Archaeological monitoring and documentary survey was carried out in advance of the construction of a new pool room at The Priory, Little Waldingfield. The site is recorded on the SMR as a possible monastic site, however the documentary study established that the name ‘The Priory’ had only been assigned to the property in the late 19th century and a site visit established that the supposedly medieval vaulted roof of the cellar was probably no earlier than 16th century. The documentary study identified that the property was owned by a wealthy merchant in the early 16th century, and that he may have been responsible for the fine building work. The field work covered a very small area c.25m square, at least half of which was truncated. However Early Medieval features were found surviving in undisturbed areas, indicating occupation of the site pre-dating any of the documentary or physical evidence. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: Sitecode WFL 018 Planning Application No. B/04/01662/FHA NMR No. 1429922 Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Field observation Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Current Land use: Other 5 - Garden Monument Type(s)/Period(s): PIT Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): ANIMAL BONE Uncertain, BRICK Medieval , POTTERY Medieval PROJECT LOCATION Area 25.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TL9236824513 Point Height 62.00 - 62.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, Field Team Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: Jo Caruth DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Stratigraphic, other Media: Database, Images raster / digital photography, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Stratigraphic, other Media: Context sheet, Plan, Section PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: The Priory, Little Waldingfield, WFL018 Author(s)/Editor(s): Caruth,J. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report no. 2005/121 Date: 2005 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury Description: Standard SCCAS A4 report including maps, pictures etc. Curly bound, cardboard cover.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Caruth J & Breen A M. 2005. rchaeological Desk Based Assessment and monitoring report ,The Priory, Little Waldingfield, WFL 018.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • The Priory, Little Waldingfield (Monument)

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Sep 14 2011 11:29AM

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