Evaluation by N Randall of SCAU did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological significance.
Reigate & Banstead
Watching brief by T Tapply of AC revealed a small pit containing Bronze Age pottery.
Watching brief by T Munnery of SCAU during gas pipe installation works. A post-medieval culvert of likely Victorian date was revealed, together with a small amount of medieval and post-medieval pottery.
Test pit monitoring and watching brief by I Howell and G Rapson of MOLA. The test pits revealed only limited details regarding underlying deposits, together with a small number of Palaeolithic flints – examples of which have been encountered in the area previously. Subsequent monitoring of the main excavation works revealed a moderate amount of additional worked flints, the majority of which were assessed as undiagnostic, although some Palaeolithic and Mesolithic material was present. A number of truncated burnt features were also encountered.
Community archaeology project, Dig Preston 2011, undertaken as a collaboration by Preston Community Archaeology Project Group, Raven Housing Trust and SCAU. This located and uncovered sections of the manor house of Preston Hawe that stood on the site between the 12th and 15th centuries, and was previously investigated by Brian Hope-Taylor in the 1950s, and evidence of a chapel that served it.
Evaluation by R King of FA revealed no evidence for deposits pre-dating the late post-medieval period. A tile-rich layer encountered in one trench might represent the backfilling of a post-medieval pond suggested to have been located in the area.
Soil stripping, mapping and sampling of four large areas by A Thorne of ASE. Area one revealed a series of linear features and scattered pits and postholes, probably of Roman date and representing agricultural activity. Substantial evidence of post-medieval and modern field systems was also present in both above and below-ground forms. Areas two and three were badly truncated and damaged, but revealed similar evidence for agricultural land management and activity in the Late Iron Age/Early Roman periods. Area four revealed only a single post-medieval linear feature.
Watching brief by A Margatts of ASE carried out during cable trenching works. A single feature, possibly a palaeochannel, was revealed, but little else of note was recorded in what was a limited investigation.
Evaluation by D Hopkinson of ASE. No finds or features of archaeological significance were revealed on a site that appeared to have been horizontally truncated, probably during the construction of the school.
Oxford Archaeology undertook a staged programme of archaeological work at Priory Park, Reigate, Surrey, during May-July 2005 on behalf of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Land Use Consultants. This programme included a desk-based assessment, walkover survey, geophysical survey and trenched evaluation. Most of the fieldwork was targeted at elucidating the location and layout of the medieval Reigate Priory, and the post-Dissolution development of the Priory as a residence set in landscaped parkland.