Monument record TUN 027 - Street Farm Barn (Med)

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Evaluation and excavation revealed a medieval post built building and ditch and post medieval features.


Grid reference Centred TM 3588 5512 (44m by 43m)
Map sheet TM35NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Residual sherds of late Saxon and early medieval pottery suggest activity on or close to the site during those periods. However, the earliest occupation of the site for which there is direct evidence dates to the 12-14th centuries when a small timber building (represented by a rectangular arrangement of five large postholes) was constructed. An adjacent row of three smaller postholes might be part of the same structure. Apart from a possible external hearth or fire pit and some shallow pits and postholes that might be contemporary with the medieval building there is no evidence for activity relating to the use of building; internal flooring and contemporary external surfaces have not survived. The building was located immediately north of an east-west ditch that silted up in the 13th-14th centuries. Another east-west ditch to the north of the building is undated but might have been contemporary with it; this suggests that the building occupied a plot of land measuring 21.5m north-south by at least 19m east-west. Later occupation of the site is represented by a large pit containing 16th-century pottery, building material and animal bones. An L-shaped ditch in the south-western part of the site is likely to have been part of a rectangular enclosure. The ditch was backfilled in the 16th-18th centuries. Despite its relatively late date there is no cartographic evidence for a boundary in this location on maps of the 18th-19th centuries (S1) (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Heard, K.. 2008. Assessment report. Tunstall: Street Farm Barn, School Road (TUN 027).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Heard, K.. 2008. Evaluation report. Tunstall: Street Farm, School Road (TUN 027), Tunstall.

Finds (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Mar 28 2011 12:27PM

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