Monument record IPS 584 - Western Triangle (former Cranfield’s Mill garage), Star Lane/College Street, Ipswich, (IAS 5804).

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Summary

A further site has been excavated at the former Cranfield's Garage site to the north of Key Street. It was not thought that much evidence of waterfront features would be found this far to the north, but initial impressions suggest the contrary. Substantial septaria-built walls were found, currently thought to be c.14th century in date. These were later reused/incorporated in other buildings, but initially appear to have stood right on the water's edge. To the southern side were typical waterlogged foreshore deposits while to the north there was an area of very dense pitting and other occupation evidence of broadly contemporary date to the earliest phase of wall construction. The evidence was once again very complex and will require considerable further work, but does suggest that the area known as The Wash' was larger than previously thought. This in effect pushes the S.E. corner of the town boundary slightly further to the N.W It also raises questions about the construction of St Mary Quay Church, which would appear to be founded on marshland rather than sound gravel.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 165 441 (52m by 39m)
Map sheet TM14SE
Civil Parish IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

2007: A further site has been excavated at the former Cranfield's Garage site to the north of Key Street. It was not thought that much evidence of waterfront features would be found this far to the north, but initial impressions suggest the contrary. Substantial septaria-built walls were found, currently thought to be c.14th century in date. These were later reused/incorporated in other buildings, but initially appear to have stood right on the water's edge. To the southern side were typical waterlogged foreshore deposits while to the north there was an area of very dense pitting and other occupation evidence of broadly contemporary date to the earliest phase of wall construction. The evidence was once again very complex and will require considerable further work, but does suggest that the area known as The Wash' was larger than previously thought. This in effect pushes the S.E. corner of the town boundary slightly further to the N.W It also raises questions about the construction of St Mary Quay Church, which would appear to be founded on marshland rather than sound gravel, (S1, S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Article in serial: Martin, E.A., Pendleton, C. & Plouviez, J.. 2008. Archaeology in Suffolk 2007. XXXXI (4).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Heard K. 2014. Western Triangle (former Cranfield’s Mill garage), Star Lane/College Street, Ipswich.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

May 19 2017 10:12AM

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