Evaluation by C Edwards of AOC revealed recent made-ground, a buried garden soil and natural gravels, but no finds or features of archaeological significance.
Evaluation by T Smith of Bristol & Region Archaeological Services recovered evidence for flint-working consisting of microdebitage, including complete and broken flakes and one small exhausted pyramid core of probable Mesolithic date. Recovery patterns suggested the assemblage was evenly distributed within the gravel deposits. No knapping concentrations were evident and it is likely that any former ground surfaces were removed during later landscaping, probably in advance of the construction of the Brethren’s Hall.
Excavation by A and D Graham of SyAS, and the Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society, of a Romano-British tile kiln. The kiln was in operation during the late 3rd and early 4th centuries, based on the dating of pottery and tile cutaways, and largely producing tegulae. The excavation followed fieldwalking and a geophysical survey
Geophysical survey in 2014 by A Sassin and D and A Graham of SyAS on a site first noted by J Hampton on an aerial photograph. The survey confirmed the presence of a probable Late Iron Age/early Romano-British farmstead enclosure. Roman roof tile and pottery was noted during the survey and coins and other objects of Roman date from the same area have been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Evaluation by O Good of WA found that part of the site had been truncated by modern activity and no archaeological finds or features were encountered.
Evaluation by S Reynish of COT revealed a number of ditches and a possible pit or tree-throw hollow. The larger ditches were aligned parallel to existing field boundaries, which could suggest these are former field boundaries, with the smaller ditches as internal drainage gullies or enclosures. For the most part these features remained undated, and the only find recovered – a Late Iron Age or Romano-British loomweight fragment – was considered to be residual.
Evaluation by J Condliffe of COT revealed evidence of post-medieval field boundary ditches and a tree-throw hollow together with evidence of extensive quarrying related to the use of the site as a tile works.
Evaluation by M Nichol of COT revealed medieval land drains and a small undated pit, possibly a hearth, beneath redeposited clay, probably the result of previous landscaping.
Geophysical survey by ASE showed that evidence for archaeological features was sparse, although several linear and discrete anomalies of possible archaeological origin were detected. Linear anomalies representing former agricultural activity across the areas currently under cultivation, indicate the continued use of the site as arable land. Some areas of strong magnetic disturbance were thought to possibly mask underlying features with a weaker magnetic signature.
Watching brief by I Hogg of ASE revealed a 19th century field boundary ditch shown on historic maps. A probable planting pit was also recorded.