The Heritage Lottery funded a community project, run by Nigel Randall, investigating Reigate Fort on Colley Hill. Surrey Archaeological Society was asked to survey the bank and ditch feature in Margery Wood, for which there was no funding. A pdf of the full report is attached.
Reigate & Banstead
Watching brief by P Harp of Plateau during drainage works revealed a well. The well mouth was constructed with unmortared flint and research suggests that the well was capped in the late 18th or early 19th century. It is believed to date from at least the mid-18th century but may be considerably earlier.
Excavation by L Capon of AOC recorded 266 graveshafts with a total of 282 burials recovered and retained for osteological assessment. The burials can be dated to 1843--1914 when the graveyard was in use. Early cemetery practice appears to show careful planning and management with graves aligned west--east in regular north--south rows. Later burials show dense overcrowding with burials tightly packed into any available space, creating a complex sequence of intercutting graveshafts.
Excavation by D Hunt of the Wings Museum recovered finds associated with a Flying Fortress aircraft that crashed in the area on 19 March 1945.
A resistivity survey, directed by C Bagnall of Plateau and undertaken in 2015, on the top of the mound, recorded areas of high resistivity that may indicate the presence of building foundations.
Excavation by Dr K Harrison on behalf of Surrey Police after the discovery of human remains during construction work, revealed the presence of a single burial. Sufficient skeletal material remained in situ to suggest the individual was buried in a crouched position, on its side and oriented north--south. There were no grave goods, associated finds or datable material in the grave fill but the burial position was consistent with a Bronze Age or Iron Age inhumation.