Mole Valley

Cocks Farm villa, Abinger

Further excavation by the Roman Studies Group of SyAS, directed by E Corke and D Bird to the north-east of the Scheduled Roman villa, recorded considerable quantities of unstratified Mesolithic and Neolithic struck flint from across the site. A possible Bronze Age barrow ditch and two adjacent pits, again of probable Bronze Age date and thought to represent inhumations where no bone has survived, were also revealed. Iron Age features in the form of a curvilinear enclosure ditch and a number of pits were recorded.

Broadwood’s Tower, Box Hill, Mickleham

Excavation by P Harp and S Hill of Plateau of the interior of the tower ahead of National Trust work to the Grade II Listed folly. A fill, to a depth of c 0.9m above external ground level, was revealed. The lower 0.3m of the fill produced quantities of unknapped flint, a few fragments of Horsham stone and two unfrogged, yellow bricks. The flints and stone probably originate from the structure, although no mortar was observed adhering to them.

42 Upper Fairfield Road, Leatherhead

Photographic survey by P Barker-Mills of Mole Valley District Council recorded external architectural details of the late Victorian property that latterly housed the Leatherhead District Social Club. A post-medieval well was revealed within the footprint of the demolished building, constructed from unfrogged bricks and lime mortar. No other finds or features of archaeological interest were revealed.


Excavation and test pitting by R Hooker of SyAS to test anomalies from a previous magnetometry survey (SyAC 99, 227) revealed a large area of in-situ burning, possibly the base of a post-medieval charcoal burning clamp and a ditch of possible Late Iron Age/Early Romano-British date on a similar east–west alignment to that of a ditch revealed in 2014. (457)

Cherkley Court, Reigate Road, Leatherhead

Archaeological monitoring by J Payne of SCAU during limited pipeline repair works within the Scheduled Monument area of the Roman road Stane Street. The previously recorded dimensions and make-up of the Roman road (SyAC 75, 289) were confirmed while the presence of a possible levelling deposit associated with the initial construction of the road, and not previously recorded, was also revealed.

14–22 Church Street, Leatherhead

Evaluation and archaeological monitoring by K Bower and W Perkins of PCA on an extension to a retail store revealed late medieval or early post-medieval features in the form of pits, a gully and possible occupation layers, one of which was formed of compacted chalk and sealed the gully. Subsequent monitoring of the groundworks revealed a short section of a poorly built 19th or 20th century wall, and post-medieval domestic refuse pits, one of which cut two substantial, but similarly dated, postholes.

Meadowbank Football Ground, Mill Lane, Dorking

Evaluation by W Weller of SCAU revealed deep levels of made-ground comprising a high percentage of industrial slag and ash as well as sand, brick, stone and 20th century household waste. The results show that deep excavations had been conducted across most of the site prior to the construction of the football ground in the early 1950s. There was no indication of the projected route of Stane Street, sometimes postulated to cross the site, although the depth of disturbance would probably have removed any evidence if it had been present.


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