Monument record BSE 202 - Site of the old Suffolk Hotel garage, High Baxter Street, Bury St Edmunds

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Excavation of proposed development site revealed significant medieval finds and features overlain and cut by a series of 16th century and later deposits.


Grid reference Centred TL 85367 64254 (15m by 11m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (14)

Full Description

2002: Excavation revealed evidence of significant medieval occupation, including building, rubbish pits and cess pits. Two ovens were examined in the south-west corner of the site. Two possible Early Saxon body sherds were also recovered. The medieval finds & features were overlain and cut by a series of 16th century and later deposits, which includes significant clay tobacco pipe assemblage from circa 1660 and later. During the late 16th or early 17th centuries, about a third of the site contained a building with a chalk floor which fronted onto the street and had a substantial cellar to the rear. At least two property boundaries ran through the site, aligning with those which extended as far as the market place. Adjoinging the buildings were rubbish pits and a well. The cellar was infilled in the late 17th century, along with the well. The property boundaries changed, probably during the 19th century, with a wall foundation running across the middle of the site suggesting there may have been two terraced houses. These were levelled and a garage attached to the Suffolk Hotel (now demolished) was the most recent use of the site (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 2003. Archaeological Excavation Report, High Baxter Street, Suffolk Hotel Garage, Bury St Edmunds.

Finds (39)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

May 31 2018 4:01PM

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