Monument record BSE 235 - Medieval features, New Store, Nuffield Hospital, Bury St Edmunds

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Excavation identified a dense spread medieval features including a clay lined oven or grain dryer, together with possible storage or rubbish pits.


Grid reference Centred TL 8573 6371 (7m by 7m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

An archaeological excavation of land at Nuffields Hospital, identified a dense spread of archaeological features from a medieval phase of activity that has previously been identified in the broader vicinity. A clay lined oven or grain dryer, together with possible storage or rubbish pits, is further evidence that the area south of St Mary's Square was in use for semi-industrial/agricultural purposes such as food production or brewing, before later becoming domestic gardens in the post-medieval period. No evidence of the earlier Saxon settlement, believed to have been situated around St Mary's Square, was seen except for a minimal number of residual finds mixed in the later features. This suggests that evidence of Saxon occupation may be tightly concentrated around the frontage of St Mary's Square or Southgate Street (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2006. Archaeological Excavation Report, New Store, Nuffield Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 235.

Finds (10)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Aug 17 2018 1:15PM

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