Excavation and a watching brief by D Hopkinson of AOC, for Countryside Properties (Commercial) PLC, of the site of Phase 5 of the Chertsey Revitalisation Scheme, following an evaluation in 1997. The earliest evidence revealed was a series of intercutting Saxo-Norman gullies, apparently demarcating an enclosure extending to the north and west, with an opening in its south east corner. A series of pits and ditches of 14th - mid 16th century date appear to be the next phase of activity. Two major ditches of this date defined plots alongside Guildford Street.
Evaluation by D Hopkinson of AOC, for Countryside Properties (Commercial), of the site for Phase 2 of the Chertsey Revitalisation Scheme. A few features, post holes and a couple of ditches, were revealed, but these appear to date to no earlier than the late 18th century.
Evaluation by G Hull of TVAS, for The Berkeley Group PLC, in advance of the construction of a private medical clinic. No direct evidence for a post-medieval house on the site (demolished in the 19th century) was found, although possible indications of its gardens were recorded. Much of the site appeared to have been terraced and landscaped, removing any earlier structural remains. Some of the 17th century pottery recovered suggests the presence of a kiln nearby during this period.
A watching brief was maintained by J Robertson of SCAU, for RMC Aggregates (UK) Ltd, on soil stripping in advance of mineral extraction. The site revealed no features of archaeological interest, although stray finds recovered include two struck flints and a sherd of Saxon grass-tempered pottery. Fragments of burnt flint and pieces of medieval and post-medieval tile were observed over much of the stripped area.
A watching brief by R Poulton of SCAU, for P & O Developments, as part of an ongoing programme of archaeological work, did not reveal any significant finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by R Poulton of SCAU, for the College, in advance of the construction of new buildings, revealed no features or finds of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by R Poulton of SCAU in advance of office development indicated that any evidence of settlement prior to modern times is likely to have already been removed by recent disturbance. The thick layer of flooded deposits revealed suggests that the area may have been outside the gravel island which enabled the development of both the town and Abbey.
Evaluation by J Stevenson of SCAU prior to industrial redevelopment. Phase I trial trenching revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest. Phase II will take place early in 2001.
Watching brief carried out by M Dover of SCAU on stripping of area in advance of mineral extraction. Ditches, probably belonging to a field system, were traced in several locations. Pottery recovered was of later Bronze Age date, and in one area was of a sufficient quantity to suggest a settlement site in the near vicinity. Further work is planned.
Evaluation by M Dover of SCAU prior to commercial redevelopment. Much of the site was shown to have been terraced, although a single ditch of probable prehistoric date was revealed.