Topographic survey of the four barrows on the common by D and A Graham of SyAS after they were exposed by a fire. Deterioration in the condition of the monuments was recorded, with a significant loss of the shallow outer banks and ditches since the last survey in 1996, and mitigation measures to halt the alarmingly rapid rate of erosion is planned. (Bulletin 424)
Evaluation by J Martin of WA. A small quantity of Bronze Age pottery was recovered from a ditch, while two other ditches produced Early to Middle Iron Age material. Further ditches and a series of postholes were either undated or modern in origin. The sparse nature of the archaeology was not suggestive of concerted settlement. A subsequent metal detector survey of the area produced similarly low-key results, and appeared to confirm the lack of past activity on this large-scale and potentially well-situated site.
Evaluation by R Lambert of SCAU. As was expected, a number of post-medieval burials were revealed, but little else of archaeological significance.
Photographic recording of the interior of the buried walls and foundations of the central tower, and the well shaft within the shell keep, by A Norris and D Graham of SyAS. The structure of the tower no longer survives above ground, with the motte having apparently been raised around the lower storeys of the tower, preserving them for examination. The tower was re-used as a well shaft in the later periods, which has been covered with an unprepossessing concrete slab for some years.
Soil stripping, mapping and sampling by J Warrender of KAP (Kent Archaeological Projects). A single pit containing no dating evidence but characteristic of a modern, probably 20th century, feature was revealed.
Evaluation by C Edwards of AOC. A linear feature may be a possible gully or represent an undulation in the natural subsoil. No subsoil was recorded across a large part of the site,
This second phase of evaluation, by Les Capon of AOC on behalf of TAB Projects Ltd., revealed two tree pits, probably related to the use of the site as allotments. However, the dominant feature was a wide palaeochannel with remains of pollen that provided evidence for the local flora in the late Devensian / Holocene period.
An archaeological evaluation, and watching brief was undertaken by Nick Carter, Chris Clarke and Jonathan Moller of AOC on behalf of Morgan Sindall Plc, at the site of Cranleigh Village Hospital. The evaluation consisted of three machine excavated trenches with the watching brief monitoring both geotechnical investigations and grubbing of foundations.
An archaeological evaluation, by Ian Hogg of AOC for SCC, consisted of a 2x2m hand dug trench located to the rear of the property. An undated yet presumed post medieval boundary ditch on the same alignment as the current property boundary was recorded; this was overlain by made ground deposits.
Watching brief by D&A Graham of SyAS. The footing trenches for a conservatory were inspected. The trenches were only 40cm deep however, and cut entirely within a dark soil level that had been extensively disturbed by drains associated with the existing building. No material earlier than the 20th century was noted.