Monument record DUN 092 - Precinct Wall, Dunwich Greyfriars, Dunwich (FALL)
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 477 704 (37m by 38m)|
|Civil Parish||DUNWICH, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (1)
Monitoring of groundworks associated with the erection of rabbit fencing around the eastern and southern walls of the Greyfriars complex identified no archaeological features or artefacts (S1).
Trial-holes and underpinning trenches excavated through the footing of the precinct wall, to the north of the standing gateways, revealed a layered footing with a stony, sand and, locally, lime mortar rich, upper component that suggests two phases of footing construction which was remarkably consistent throughout. On balance, a post-medieval, late 17th-18th century date seems likely for the stretch of precinct wall running from the medieval gates around to the north-east corner of the precinct. Examination of the rubble from the fallen section of wall revealed an eclectic mix of stone, including flint cobbles, beach pebbles, exotic boulders (possibly ships ballast) and re-used building material. Diagnostic elements included 12th century Caen limestone mouldings that could be matched to the ruined Leper Chapel of St. James some 300 metres to the north-west (S2).
- <S1> SSF55088 Unpublished document: Everett, L. 2013. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Grey Friars, Dunwich.
- <S2> SSF54826 Unpublished document: Boulter S & Everett L. 2009. Dunwich Greyfriars: DUN 092 & 094, Archaeological Recording Works Associated with the Rebuilding of a section of the Precinct Wall and Repairs to the Gateways and Recectory.
- None recorded
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (3)
- Event - Intervention: Archaeological Recording, Dunwich Greyfriars (Ref: OASIS-suffolkc1-57321) (ESF21858)
- Event - Intervention: Monitoring, Greyfriars, Dunwich (ESF22084)
- Event - Interpretation: 'Sensitivity to Access' assessment for Natural England Coastal Access project, February 2016. (ESF23524)
Record last edited
Nov 9 2022 1:35PM