Test pitting by A Guinness of SCAU. Eight test pits were excavated in various locations around Godalming town centre as part of the Community Archaeology 'Staycation' project. Although limited in scope, the results were encouraging in the overall aim of improving the understanding of the origins and development of the historic town, and provided evidence for Saxon occupation near the present church, suggesting that Mint Street might be a focus for late Saxon activity and signs of 12th century expansion from the High Street towards the north of the town.
Watching brief by W Weller of SCAU. No features of archaeological interest were revealed, and only a few finds of medieval or earlier date were recovered. This paucity of evidence is somewhat surprising given the medieval origins of Compton and the known presence of a Roman villa in the vicinity. Debris from an early 20th century artists' kiln that produced pottery and other objects will be of some interest when placed in the context of the presence and work of George Frederic and Mary Seton Watts in the local area.
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, suggesting horizontal truncation had taken place.
Historic building recording and watching brief during barn conversion works by S Wallis of TVAS. A timber- framed barn of probable late 18th-early 19th century date was photographically recorded. The structure had been moved and reconstructed at its present location in 1983. Other than the timber frame of the building, it was concluded that little else of the original fabric survived.
Historic building recording by S Wallis of TVAS. The remains of the former brickworks that had closed in 1990 and had remained derelict for some time were recorded prior to their demolition. It was noted that many of the features of possible industrial archaeological interest had already been salvaged and removed from the site.
Geophysical survey and fieldwalking by T Munnery of SCAU as part of the Wealden Glass Project. A number of magnetic anomalies were apparent, but no clear location of a possible furnace site could be identified.
Geophysical survey by T Munnery of SCAU as part of the Wealden Glass Project. High magnetic readings and earthworks were recorded that might relate to former structures, and much dumped evidence for glassworking was noted.
Geophysical survey by T Munnery of SCAU as part of the Wealden Glass Project. Evidence for possible terracing of the site was visible, and moderate responses were recorded through the geophysical survey, but the results were inconclusive and artefactual material suggested the possibility that it might be the site of limeburning rather than glassworking.
Geophysical survey by T Munnery of SCAU as part of the Wealden Glass Project. Two fields were investigated, and while an unequivocal location for a glassworking furnace could not be defined, the eastern of the two fields demonstrated significantly higher magnetic anomalies than the western. This evidence, coupled with the field name on the 1803 tithe map ('Glasse Field'), appears to outline the location of the glass furnace workings.
Geophysical survey and fieldwalking by T Munnery of SCAU as part of the Wealden Glass Project. Two areas of potential interest were identified, one of which provided conclusive evidence of glassworking in the form of large quantities of manufacturing debris and waste, and the likely location of the furnace itself.