Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC. The earliest phase is a probably late 16th century, three bay cross-wing to a now lost hall range. It is of two storeys, close studded with gables front and back and originally unheated. Probably in the mid-17th century a three-bay main range and a three-bay cross-wing was added together with three chimney stacks to serve both sections.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a probable mid-15th century house with 17th century additions. Against and parallel to the road, is a two-bay, low-end cross-wing, that is jettied to the west end. Behind this, at right-angles to the road, is a (probably contemporary) two-bay, open hall with probably an internal jetty to the floored upper end. It has a crown post roof and an arched door head between the ranges but few other details.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of Church House, formerly Church Cottages or Church House and Cottage. A ‘polite’ brick building of early 18th century date, its double-pile, double-fronted form has a high degree of reflective symmetry suggesting two, near identical, back-to-back houses, but it may be that the back house was originally servants’ accommodation.
Watching brief by M Taylor-Sutton of PRO Archaeology Services outside the footprint of the former Marie Curie Hospice (Harestone House – now demolished) revealed past terracing and modern disturbance but no archaeological finds or features.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a probable late 15th century, open-hall house of three bays, of which just one was open. It includes an overshot cross-entry with speres (to exclude draughts) and a moulded upper end dais beam and decorated head to the parlour door spere. An added chimney preserved the cross-entry and a rear range was added in the 18th century.
Evaluation by I Howell of MOLA revealed two 18th or 19th century pits of unknown function.
Watching brief by J Warrender, L McCaig and G Santa Maria of WA during stripping of topsoil and subsoil over several areas, encompassing c 2ha, revealed multiple features including cremation burials, pits, postholes and linear features. The cremations comprised both urned and unurned burials, provisionally dated to the Bronze Age. A number of short lengths of ditch were also recorded although they did not appear to form any coherent boundary to the mortuary activity. The cremations were generally dispersed across the area though small clusters were observed.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a five-bay house with central back-to-back smoke bays, an integral endshot and a fully gabled, clasped side purlin roof with windbraces. Its framing includes jowls, tension braces and close studding to much of the ground floor and it probably dates to 1560–80.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC recorded a complete timber frame of two floored bays with an end stack and dated to the early 16th century. Two larger bays with a further end stack and a clasped side purlin roof were added at the chimney end, probably in the 17th century. Several later outshots were added to the north-west side of the enlarged house.
Ground penetrating radar survey by Sandberg Consulting Engineers revealed no conclusive evidence of buried archaeological features. However, a number of anomalies of unknown nature were detected at a depth of 0.4–0.7m to the south-east of the building.