Southwood Manor Farmhouse, Burhill Road, Hersham

Visit by M Higgins of the DBRG/SCC to consider whether further recording would be valuable. Southwood Manor Farm House is a large building now divided into three. Number three is the right-hand portion comprising the majority of a timber-framed wing; a narrow timber-framed range comprising two builds each of three bays, mostly floored. Neither of these appears to be a complete house and it is likely that it has always served a support function to the attached farmhouse. The rear three bays have smoke-blackened timbers and a side purlin roof of a late medieval character.

Sandra and Radnor Houses, Hansler Grove, East Molesey

Evaluation by S Porter of MOLA recorded a rough deposit of chalk considered to represent the foundation of a structure with an associated cobblestone surface. The orientation and location of the possible structure was similar to that of a large building marked on Joseph Hodgkinson’s 1781 map of the manors of Molesey Matham and Molesey Prior. To the south, several shallow, linear bedding trenches were recorded. No dating evidence was recovered from any of the features.

Imber Court Trading Estate, Orchard Lane, East Molesey

A phase of post-demolition evaluation, test pits and strip, map and record excavations by W Perkins of PCA, following pre-demolition evaluation in 2016 (SyAC 101, 214), showed severe disturbance across much of the site owing to its former industrial uses. However, initial evaluation showed that areas of undisturbed land were present and the later phase of work revealed more of a series of natural palaeochannels, first recorded in 2016, threading across the north-west of the site.

Land to the rear of 1-7 Holly Parade, High Street, Cobham

Evaluation by K Bower of PCA revealed a number of parallel bedding trenches that indicated a horticultural use within the site until the middle of the 19th century, at which time a large residence was built. A brick-lined cesspit of similar date produced a number of complete glass and stoneware bottles, one of the latter stamped ‘Finest Methylated Spirits - Harrod’s Stores - Brompton Road’.


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