Monument record IPS 595 - St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 1891 4369 (414m by 387m)|
|Civil Parish||IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (5)
2008: Desk Based Assessment
2011: Evaluation and Geophysical Survey. An area of c.4.5ha was evaluated by trial trenching to the south of St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. A central area could not be trenched as it is still in use as a playing field. The site is located on a plateau top on the north bank of the River Orwell. The site is fairly flat, probably a result of landscaping and levelling associated with the playing field and managed grassed areas and lawns. The underlying drift geology is primarily sand with some sand with gravel. Truncation was observed over much of the site with sharp contact between the topsoil and natural geological sand deposits. Several large extraction pits were encountered along the north and north-east areas of the site. These are likely to be of Victorian date and might be associated with the construction of the hospital in the late 19th century. Prehistoric features were encountered near the western edge of the site. A pit containing Early to Middle Bronze Age pottery and a ditch revealing fragments of Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age pottery were both recorded in this area. Nearby pits containing charcoal-rich fills could also be of prehistoric date. Undated ditches near the south-west corner of the site were on a variety of different alignments and are therefore likely to belong to different periods. An area towards the north-east corner of the site had escaped severe truncation. Here a fuller soil profile was seen with hillwash and subsoil deposits between topsoil and natural geological sands. Two undated ditches were recorded in this area (S1).
2016: Excavation recorded a scatter of seven small to mid-sized pits and a trench for a modern water pipe. Six of the pits displayed baked sides and/or contained numerous and smallto large pieces of carbonised oak wood. All but one also included infrequent small fragments of fire-heated flint. These pits are tentatively dated as prehistoric. The seventh pit, the largest and lacking signs of in situ burning, wa clearly modern and contained pieces of cement plaster, cermaic building material, pottery and animal bone (S2)
- FSF36070: POTTERY (Late Bronze Age to Middle Iron Age - 1000 BC to 101 BC)
- FSF36071: POTTERY (18th century to 20th century - 1700 AD to 1999 AD)
- FSF36072: FLAKE (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- FSF44084: POTTERY (Early Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 1501 BC)
- FSF44085: SLAG (Undated)
- FSF44086: BURNT FLINT (Later Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
- None recorded
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (4)
- Event - Survey: Desk Based Assessment, St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. (ESF25007)
- Event - Intervention: Evaluation at St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich (Ref: OASIS-suffolkc1-119036) (ESF21535)
- Event - Intervention: Excavation - St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich (Ref: OASIS-archaeol6-267573) (ESF25005)
- Event - Survey: Geophysical Survey, St Clements Hospital, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. (ESF25009)
Record last edited
Sep 20 2017 3:01PM