AOC (Archaeology) Group

The Close, Vicarage Road, Staines

Evaluation by D Hopkinson of AOC, on behalf of Nicholas King Homes, in advance of residential redevelopment revealed a number of features, including a possible cultivation mark containing a sherd of mid to late Bronze Age pottery. Subsequently an area excavation was carried out by R Entwistle of AOC and a watching brief was also maintained on the development. A small assemblage of Mesolithic flints was recovered, as well as some sherds of Neolithic and early Bronze Age pottery.

Merrist Wood, Guildford

Evaluation by A Chadwick of AOC, for Merrist Wood College, in advance of the construction of a golf course revealed no features or finds of archaeological interest, except for remains associated with Cobbett’s Hill Farm. The bulk of the finds from the site of the farm suggest post-medieval occupation, possibly as early as the 16th century in origin. (302)

64-65 High Street, Egham

Evaluation by T Howe of AOC, for Anglerare Ltd, in advance of redevelopment of land to the rear of these properties, revealed little evidence for medieval activity. Sealed below a layer of redeposited brickearth, however, a few features of prehistoric date were found. Two of these contained fragments of Late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age pottery, as well as some burnt flint, another simply burnt flint. Residual flints of Mesolithic or Neolithic date were also recovered from one of these features.

Land at the corner of Pyrcroft Road and Guildford Street, Chertsey

Excavation and a watching brief by D Hopkinson of AOC, for Countryside Properties (Commercial) PLC, of the site of Phase 5 of the Chertsey Revitalisation Scheme, following an evaluation in 1997. The earliest evidence revealed was a series of intercutting Saxo-Norman gullies, apparently demarcating an enclosure extending to the north and west, with an opening in its south east corner. A series of pits and ditches of 14th - mid 16th century date appear to be the next phase of activity. Two major ditches of this date defined plots alongside Guildford Street.

Walton Oaks, Walton-on-the-Hill

Evaluation by T Howe of AOC, on behalf of Pfizer Ltd, of a site to be redeveloped for offices. The evaluation revealed features possibly associated with former garden layouts. The westernmost trench contained the remains of an extremely large ditch, which contained no dating evidence; a sherd of abraded Roman greyware pottery was collected from the fill during machining but this is likely to be residual. In the southernmost trench brick built foundations, probably 19th century in date, were revealed.

16-20 Bridge Street, Leatherhead

Evaluation by G Bruce of AOC in advance of office redevelopment revealed post-medieval pits and post-holes. The nature of the features encountered confirm the view, from post-medieval cartographic sources, that the part of the site to be redeveloped was predominantly open ground, at the rear of the street frontage. A small assemblage of worked flint was also recovered, and whilst it is residual and not possible to date, does add to the general picture of prehistoric activity within Leatherhead.


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