Report by B Garner of probable route of London-Silchester Roman road. Three sitings of probable gravel road surface are noted suggesting confirmation of an alignment joining the Sunningdale Road to the north end of Bakeham House. A possible agger is also noted, helping to confirm the line. (260)
Evaluation by trial trenching in advance of redevelopment, by Graham Hayman of SCAU for Crest Homes (Southern) Ltd, in an area where aerial photography has identified crop marks. No features of archaeological interest were noted.
A watching brief on building works was carried out by G R Pattison of SCAU for the Homewood National Health Service Trust. The site lies within the area of the abbey cemetery, but no archaeological features were observed.
Fieldwalking of an area proposed for mineral extraction carried out by Graham Hayman of SCAU for Hall Aggregates (Thames Valley) Ltd produced 34 pieces of struck flint, randomly distributed over the site. No diagnostic pieces were recovered, but most of the pieces are probably Neolithic or Bronze Age in date.
Evaluation by trial trenching in advance of gravel extraction, by Graham Hayman of SCAU for Hall Aggregates Ltd, adjacent to an area where work in 1989/90 had revealed Bronze Age and Roman features, revealed more extensive features, indicating occupation of mid-late Iron Age to 4th century date, with some evidence from the Bronze Age.
Evaluation by the Oxford Archaeological Unit for Chris Blandford Associates along the line of proposed link roads beside the M25. Nine sites were tested by a combination of trial pitting and test pitting: Thorpe Fields; land west of Thorpe by-pass; land between Longside Lake and Great Fosters; land north of Wickham Lane; the Unigate Dairies, Egham; land west of Queensmead Lake; Yeoveney Lodge; Cambridge Kennels; and Poyle Meadows. Of these sites, four contained positive archaeological evidence.
A watching brief by R Poulton, P Jones, N Marples and M Dover of SCAU for C A Cornish & Assocs, was carried out during groundworks for redevelopment. The site lies immediately south of the Thames and fluvial deposits were identified across most of the site. Some pieces of axe-trimmed wood were recovered from the lower deposits; no dating material was recovered, but these pieces are thought likely to be prehistoric in date. Observations on works to The Causeway, which lies immediately south of the site, indicated that little, if any, of the original make up survived in this section.
Evaluation in 1994 of the first phases (centred TQ 062 630) proposed for mineral extraction, by Graham Hayman of SCAU on behalf of Ready Mixed Concrete (United Kingdom) Ltd. The area adjacent to the river Wey was found to consist of flood plain deposits and no features or finds of archaeological interest were recovered. The remaining areas produced evidence for numerous archaeological features indicating a concentration of activity, probably settlement, on an area of higher ground. Here pits, ditches and a possible ring-gully produced finds of prehistoric (Bronze or Iron Age) and Roman date.
Evaluation by Tony Champion of SCAU for Delcroft Properties Ltd, of the site of a proposed golf course and country park, revealed only modern field drains and one ditch of possibly medieval date.
Evaluation by Tony Champion of SCAU for SCC’s Resources Dept, of the disused school site, found that the site was disturbed, probably during the construction of the school in 1908.