Brookwood Hospital, Woking

Report by I Devine and C Bartlett of a well within land proposed for redevelopment. The well appears to have been sunk into water-bearing sands, using the cast iron caisson principle. The date of construction is not known, but is likely to relate to the nearby hospital farm, Brookwood Farm, built in the late 19th century. (SIHG 85)

Mizen’s Farm, Horsell

Evaluation by J Robertson of SCAU, for TAG McLaren Holdings Ltd, of the site for the new TAG McLaren HQ, revealed a general spread of features of prehistoric (both Mesolithic/Early Neolithic and Bronze Age), Roman and medieval date. The majority of the features were gulleys and ditches. No focus of activity was identified. It seems likely that the settlement(s) lay outside the evaluated area, possibly near Mizen’s Farm itself. (321)

Lees Farm, Pyrford

Evaluation by P Jones of SCAU, for American Golf (UK) Ltd, in advance of the construction of a golfcourse. The site of Burchet Farm was tested but no material earlier than the 18th century was recovered. A considerable depth of peat was identified in one area, presumably relating to a former channel of the Wey. No other features or finds of archaeological interest were recorded. (314)

The Vicarage, Horsell

Evaluation by J Robertson of SCAU, for the Guildford Diocesan Parsonages Board, on the site for a new vicarage, adjacent to the former vicarage. A shallow pit produced a sherd of 13th-14th century date, a second feature no dating evidence. (309, 314)

Parley, Horsell Birch, Woking

Evaluation by J Robertson of SCAU, for Malcolm McD Hooker & Co, in advance of residential development adjacent to a known findspot of Palaeolithic & Mesolithic flints. A small quantity of struck flint was recovered, probably of Mesolithic date, but the pieces were dispersed in the top & sub soil. (314)

Mizen’s Farm, Horsell

Evaluation and watching brief by J Robertson and S Hind of SCAU, for TAG McLaren Holdings Ltd, of a further area of this development site - adjacent to the former farm buildings. In one trench a possible pit and a gulley were identified, both of which contained early Saxon pottery. Other features revealed in the trenching produced no dating evidence or were post-medieval or modern. A watching brief on the first phase of the development, the construction of the access road, revealed four shallow features.

Woking Palace

Report received from S Dyer on various work carried out at the palace, for Woking Borough Council, between 1995 and 1998. A detailed topographic survey of the palace site was conducted and a number of building platforms revealed. Resistivity survey produced a number of anomalies, the most prominent and numerous of which represent buried wall footings, or robber trenches. These are located on the eastern half on the site, the western half having been given over to gardens.


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