Monument record BSE 376 - Weymed Centre, Bury St Edmunds, (Medieval-Post Medieval) (SCCAS) EVAL (BRIT) EVAL (BRIT) EXC

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Three phases of occupation evidence dating to medieval, later medieval and post medieval periods, including evidence of buildings, soil layers and yards, also two civil defence buildings including a possible air-raid shelter.


Grid reference Centred TL 8576 6387 (53m by 55m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (19)

Full Description

2011: Evaluation revealed evidence that the site was subject to a clearance to create a garden for the Marquis of Bristol and the medieval properties that once occupied the site were demolished and buried beneath early 17th century topsoil. As a consequence the archaeology is extraordinarily well preserved. Pottery recovered suggests the site has been in continuous occupation since at least the 10th century. Activity increased during the high medieval period reflected by 12th-14th century finds. Medieval features from across the sites included pits, a ditch and a possible cellared building. Late medieval occupation was evidenced by buildings remains and the potential exists for building footprints to remain, along with ancillary structures. Remains of a cobbled surface, possibly a lost lane, were also uncovered. The late medieval buildings were demolished in a single event. There is a 16th century cut-off date for the finds. An almost complete circular base of an engaged column was recovered which may have been used as part of an internal structure from around 15th century onwards. The remains of two civil defence buildings of brick wall stubs and concrete raft, were seen, one may possibly be an air-raid shelter which overlay the 17th century topsoil. A clay-lined pit, posthole and brick culvert were also seen (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Gill, D.. 2011. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Shire Hall Car Park and Weymed Centre, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 375 and BSE 376.

Finds (38)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 12 2021 8:05AM

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