Monument record IPS 382 - County Hall, Ipswich, (IAS 6701).
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 16814 44500 (53m by 35m)|
|Civil Parish||IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (10)
- PIT (Middle Saxon to IPS: Early Late Saxon - 650 AD to 850 AD)
- FEATURE (16th century to 18th century - 1500 AD to 1799 AD)
- GULLY (Undated)
- FEATURE (Undated)
- PIT (18th century - 1700 AD to 1799 AD)
- LAYER (Undated)
- DEPOSIT SEQUENCE (Undated)
- DITCH (Late Saxon - 850 AD to 1065 AD)
- (Former Type) GAOL (18th century to Early 20th century - 1700 AD to 1930 AD)
- KILN (Medieval to IPS: Late Medieval Transitional - 1066 AD to 1600 AD)
2003: Desk Based Assessment. A desktop survey of the County Hall complex in advance of vacating by SCC revealed a rich history. Sax pottery industry was located in the Cox lane/Carr Street area so occupation along this frontage was likely. A large proportion of the site has been built over at one time or another since 1786, including Ipswich prison so deep ground disturbance is likely (S4).
Also formed part of the site of the County Gaol, demolished in 1930s. It is documented that the foundations for the gaol were systematically grubbed out which is likely to have severely damaged or destroyed earlier remains. (S1).
2007: Trenched evaluation in advance of residential development to rear of County Hall building revealed evidence for Saxon activity in an area fronting onto Bond Street, features including a rammed pebble surface and a ditch both associated with Middle Saxon and Late Saxon pottery. Evidence of a brick walls associated with a concrete floor were noted. A large pit, a small pit and circular pit features were identified, finds suggest a late 18th-19th century date. A shallow feature was identified, the finds indicate a Middle Saxon date, along with a ditch with numerous sherds of Late Saxon pottery. Several other features, including a ditch and gully were identified. The Ipswich ware pottery is unlikely to be related to a kiln however Thetford-type ware pottery may have come from the kiln nearby to the north-west. Other finds include fragments of animal bones with evidence of butchery and cutmarks, as well as the shafts of two probable human tibia (S1).
See also (S2, S3).
2008: Subsequent excavation was conducted under the western wing which revealed a ditch and the incomplete remains of 6 human adults thought to be Roman or Early Saxon (S5).
- --- SSF57698 Unpublished document: IPSMG. Ipswich Museum Extension Books.
- <S1> SSF53027 Unpublished document: Sommers, M.. 2007. ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION REPORT COUNTY HALL, IPSWICH SMR ref. IPS 382 (Ipswich SMR ref. IAS 6701).
- <S2> SSF51893 Unpublished document: 2003. County Hall, Ipswich, Archaeological Desk-based AssessmentDecember 2003 Archaeological Desk-based Assessment December 2003.
- <S3> SSF50070 Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. 1920-53.73, 1920-5.
- <S4> SSF57815 Machine readable data file: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. 2017. Ipswich PMED Records Spreadsheet.
- <S5> SSF57819 Unpublished document: Anderson, S.. 2008. Human Skeletal Remains from County Hall, Ipswich (IAS 6701).
- FSF33337: POTTERY THETFORD (IPS: Early Late Saxon to 12th century - 850 AD to 1100 AD)
- FSF33338: POTTERY ST NEOTS (IPS: Early Late Saxon to 13th century - 900 AD to 1200 AD)
- FSF33339: POTTERY IPSWICH (Middle Saxon to IPS: Early Late Saxon - 650 AD to 850 AD)
- FSF33340: HUMAN REMAINS (Late Saxon - 850 AD? to 1065 AD?)
- FSF41461: POTTERY (IPS: Middle Late Saxon to 12th century - 1000 AD to 1199 AD)
- FSF41463: POTTERY (16th century to 18th century - 1500 AD to 1799 AD)
- FSF41466: POTTERY STONEWARE (18th century to 20th century - 1770 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF41467: NAIL (Undated)
- FSF41468: BURNT FLINT (Undated)
- FSF41471: SLAG (IPS: Early Late Saxon to 13th century - 900 AD to 1200 AD)
- FSF41473: ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
- FSF45034: CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
- FSF45035: HUMAN REMAINS (Roman to Early Saxon - 43 AD to 649 AD)
- None recorded
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (4)
- Archaeological Deposit: Deposit, County Hall, Ipswich, (IAS 6701). (Ref: OASIS-suffolkc1-27531) (ESF24889)
- Event - Survey: Desk Based Assessment, County Hall, Ipswich, (IAS 6701). (ESF23885)
- Event - Intervention: Evaluation, County Hall, Ipswich, (IAS 6701). (Ref: OASIS-suffolkc1-27531) (ESF19425)
- Event - Intervention: Excavation? County Hall, Ipswich (ESF25762)
Record last edited
Oct 2 2017 1:56PM