Site Event/Activity record ESF21491 - Building survey and evaluation, St Bartholomews Priory, Sudbury

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Location SUY 106 St Bartholomews Priory Barn, Sudbury
Grid reference Centred TL 87156 42789 (29m by 30m)
Map sheet TL84SE



Oxford Archaeology East


Not recorded.



In November and December 2011, Oxford Archaeology East conducted an historic building survey and archaeological evaluation at the site of a Grade II listed former barn associated with St Bartholomew's Priory in Sudbury, Suffolk. The barn had been almost entirely destroyed by fire in January of the same year and a record of the remaining structure together with an evaluation of any below-ground remains was necessary in order for de-listing of the building and to allow for decisions regarding the future uses and treatment of the site to be made by the relevant local authorities and English Heritage. St Bartholomew's Priory is believed to have been the only complete priory in the whole of the county, consisting of the barn, the chapel and the house. The former thatched barn, with oak beams, is believed to have dated to the 14th century with later 17th century alterations.The building survey revealed the survival of several phases of repair and alteration to the brick plinth and a full photographic record of the site including a post-fire rectified aerial image was created. The evaluation revealed a cluster of inter-cutting Prehistoric quarry pits and undated ditches surviving beneath the floor of the barn. The trenches outside on the northern side of the barn revealed a brick-lined well, chalk-packed post-holes in addition to a flint wall and demolition layers thought to be associated with the cowsheds previously in this location which were removed within the last 10 years. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: Sitecode SUY106 HER event no. SUY106 Related HER No. LB275914 NMR No. 1556915 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Not recorded Methods and Techniques: Documentary Search, Environmental Sampling, Measured Survey, Photogrammetric Survey, Photographic Survey, Targeted Trenches, Topographic Survey, Visual Inspection, Annotated Sketch, Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure Position in the Planning Process: Not known / Not recorded Reason for Investigation: Listed Building Consent Monument Type(s)/Period(s): BARN Medieval , QUARRY PIT Late Prehistoric, WELL Post Medieval , WALL Post Medieval , DITCH Uncertain, BARN Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 1.00 Hectares Grid Reference: TL8715942790 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Suffolk CC Design originator: Taleyna Fletcher Director/Manager: Paul Spoerry Supervisor: Taleyna Fletcher DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Oxford Archaeology East ID: XSFBPB11 Contents: Environmental, Survey Media: GIS, Images raster / digital photography, Images vector, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Stores ID: SUY106 Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Metal, Survey Media: Context sheet, Correspondence, Drawing, Map, Miscellaneous Material, Photograph, Plan, Report, Section, Survey PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Stores ID: SUY106 Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Metal BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: St Bartholomew's Priory Barn Sudbury Suffolk Author(s)/Editor(s): Fletcher, T. Other Bibliographic Details: OA East report No. 1316 Date: 2012 Issuer/Publisher: OA East Place of Issue or Publication: Bar Hill Description: A4 Bound Report URL:

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Fletcher, T.. 2012. St Bartholomews Priory, Sudbury, Suffolk, Building Survey, Fire Analysis and Archaeological evaluation Report.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Barn at St Bartholomew's Priory (Building)

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Jul 30 2012 12:32PM

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