Site Event/Activity record ESF23785 - Watching Brief, Corner of Orwell Street/Key Street, Ipswich, (IAS 5903).

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Location Corner of Orwell Street/Key Street, Ipswich
Grid reference Centred TM 1661 4412 (10m by 14m)
Map sheet TM14SE



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The foundation trench for a perimeter wall alongside the new carriageway (Star Lane extension) was cut in 1982, following the demolition of the Gun Café and a warehouse to the north. This revealed a flint and mortar wall, 60 cm wide running N–S alongside Lower Orwell Street and a corner of the same building was revealed to the northeast. The east wall was later found by limited hand excavation, revealing a building measuring 5.6m wide, internally, and over 14.6m in length. The south end had apparently been removed by the construction of the cellar under the Gun Café. The east wall had footings at least 1.45m below the modern ground level and although there was no sign of the sand and gravel subsoil, the walls were excavated through what appeared to be water laid deposits.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Unpublished document: Heard, K.. 2012. Archaeological Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design, Eastern Triangle, Ipswich.
  • --- Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 5903.
  • --- Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 5903.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Building at Corner Orwell Street/Key Street (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 11 2019 3:03PM

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