Site Event/Activity record ESF21660 - Evaluation at land to the rear of Bay House, 22 Market Place, Saxmundham

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Location rear of Bay House, 22 Market Place
Grid reference Centred TM 3861 6324 (18m by 22m)
Map sheet TM36SE



NPS Archaeology


Not recorded.



An archaeological evaluation was conducted by NAU Archaeology on behalf of Mr and Mrs Skinner in December 2010 ahead of an application for planning permission to develop the site for residential purposes. The site is situated within an area of previously known medieval and post-medieval activity. The work involved the excavation of two trenches placed within the footprint of two proposed dwellings, both of which contained features and deposits of archaeological interest, especially in the southern half of the site. These included evidence for a structure, a pit and a probable capped well. The archaeological evidence indicates that the site of medieval to post-medieval settlement extends into the proposed development area. The structural evidence comprised a number of post-holes from which sherds of medieval and post-medieval pottery and a clay pipe bowl were recovered. Although, the features yielded integrated dating evidence it is tentatively suggested here that they are post-medieval in date. A deposit of chalky clay till which was also partially revealed may represent part of a capped well. The evaluation work has shown that well-preserved archaeological features and deposits are present within the proposed development area. These features constitute good potential for furthering an understanding of the nature of medieval and post-medieval settlement. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: HER event no. SXM 023 Contracting Unit No. bau2606 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Small-scale (e.g. single house, etc.) Methods and Techniques: 'Targeted Trenches' Position in the Planning Process: Between deposition of an application and determination Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPS Site status: None Current Land use: Residential 1 - General Residential Monument Type(s)/Period(s): POSTHOLE Post Medieval , PIT Post Medieval , WELL Modern Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Medieval , CLAY PIPE Post Medieval , POTTERY Post Medieval PROJECT LOCATION Area 237.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM3861263253 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Services Design originator: NPS Archaeology Director/Manager: Nigel Page Supervisor: John Ames DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: NPS Archaeology Contents: 'Ceramics' Media: 'Images raster / digital photography', 'Images vector', 'Spreadsheets', 'Text' PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Contents: 'Ceramics' Media: 'Context sheet', 'Plan', 'Report', 'Section' PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Council Contents: 'Ceramics' BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: (Land to the rear of) Bay House, 22 Market Place, Saxmundham, Suffolk Author(s)/Editor(s): Ames, J. Other Bibliographic Details: Report 2606 Date: 2011 Issuer/Publisher: NPS Archaeology Place of Issue or Publication: Norwich Description: A4 spiral bound, colour printed, and double sided. Pdf

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Ames J. 2011. Archaeological Evaluation Report, land to the rear of Bay House, 22 Market Place, Saxmundham.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Land to the rear of Bay House, 22 Market Place, Saxmundham (Monument)

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Apr 6 2022 10:58AM

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