Soil stripping, mapping and sampling by T Collie of AOC did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.
AOC (Archaeology) Group
Evaluation by P Harris of AOC prior to the construction of a noise abatement bund did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by C Pole of AOC revealed evidence of extensive truncation, but some features of interest survived. A series of postholes may represent a boundary dating to the use of the site by Brooklands Farm until Brooklands House was constructed in c1860. Two brick foundations are likely to be the footings for greenhouses erected when Brooklands House was built.
Watching brief by C Clarke of AOC during engineering investigations inside and outside the building revealed made-ground from the construction of the church in 1913, but no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by D Eddisford of AOC revealed no finds or features pre-dating the 19th century. Extensive evidence of horizontal truncation was noted across the site, probably as a result of sand extraction.
Evaluation by P Guarino of AOC revealed some evidence of modern disturbance but no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by K Bazley of AOC revealed a large linear feature of Roman date (thought to be a flood protection ditch), a post pit, posthole, pit and gully, possibly prehistoric and indicative of settlement activity. A medieval or early post-medieval gully, and evidence of substantial post-Victorian disturbance, including foundation remains of the Majestic Picture Theatre were also found. Further work is proposed.
Evaluation by T Collie of AOC on the supposed site of a former medieval moated manor. No structural evidence was revealed. However, the remains of the moat were discovered in the form of a large waterlogged ditch, with the earliest fills dating to the late medieval to early Tudor period. A subsequent watching brief undertaken during the removal of existing foundations failed to extend to archaeologically sensitive levels.
Evaluation by D Eddisford of AOC revealed evidence for medieval occupation and post-medieval dumping deposits surviving along the High Street, sealed beneath the footings of the modern structures. Truncation had removed deposits in areas away from the High Street frontage however. Subsequent excavation confirmed this, with the medieval features surviving along the street frontage including ditches, postholes and a pottery kiln. An area of Tudor stratigraphy also survived, which included brick structures and a metalled surface.
Evaluation by D Eddisford of AOC revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.