Monument record BSE 135 - Post medieval buildings and single ditch

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Evaluation and monitoring revealed evidence of post medieval buildings and part of a ditch which may have been earlier.


Grid reference Centred TL 85399 63801 (27m by 31m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (10)

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1994? Evaluation revealed evidence of earlier buildings and part of a ditch. Although two matching shards of late medieval glazed pottery were found in the spoil of one trench, other pottery finds were c18/19th century. Peg tiles were found in all three trenches, but are probably later than medieval. Though this site is unlikely to produce any major features of archaeological interest, the potential for some medieval garden deposits to exist, perhaps in the form of pits, remains (S1).

September 1995: Evaluation, by three hand excavated trenches, revealed two cellars which belonged to the post medieval buildings formerlying occupying the street frontage. The stratigraphy showed that the cellars had been infilled and reused. An linear feature the may predate the other features was also identified. A single sherd of late medieval glazed pottery was recovered from the spoil, all other pottery was 18th or 19th century (S2).

Monitoring during building of large extension revealed series of features including 17 pits (mainly Med), 3 wells (1 Med?), Post Med malting kiln(s?) and a wall.
Archaeological monitoring work carried out during the building of an extension to Batt House, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, revealed a group of features particularly pits dating back at least into the 14th century. Twelve pits were revealed, of which eight were medieval (two ealry medieval). There may have been buildings of a similar date along the street frontage which could explain a gap in the feature density but there was no direct evidence for this. Details in (S3)(S4).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service evaluation report. Tester A (SCCAS), undated (c1994/5).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 1995. Evaluation Report: Batt House, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 1996. Archaeological Monitoring Report: Batt House, Bury St Edmunds.
  • <S4> Article in serial: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. PSIAH 39 (1), p.90.

Finds (4)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Jun 23 2017 10:27AM

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