Historic landscape survey by C Currie, for SCC’s Planning Dept, as part of the process for considering designation as an Area of Historic Landscape Value. The most frequent earthwork features on the commons are the large number of substantial parallel ridges, some up to 3m high and extending for over 100m. Most of the identified groupings surround former quarries, lending support to the theory that these features are related to mineral extraction. The remains of conventional quarrying are also highly visible, both as quarry pits and spoil mounds.
Evaluation by C Currie, for Abbeyfield (Wey Valley) Society Ltd, in advance of residential development adjacent to the mill. Large scale modern disturbance was revealed. A crude wall of mid 19th century date is thought to be a revetment to the former mill stream. The wall contained re-used stone, apparently from an ecclesiastical building, including a fine late 12th or 13th century carved capital.
Survey of the archaeological and historic landscape around Chelsham by C Currie of CKC Archaeology, for SCC and SyAS, with reference to them being proposed as Areas of Historic Landscape Value. The work is ongoing and is being carried out as part of the Community Archaeological Programme. The survey is still at an early stage, but an initial scan has revealed a number of sites of archaeological interest including three enclosures thought to be of medieval date. (Link to vol 1 below. Link to vol 2 - doi: 10.5284/1006444
Survey of the archaeological and historic landscape of the Downs by C Currie of CKC Archaeology, for SCC and SyAS, with reference to them being proposed as Areas of Historic Landscape. The work is ongoing and is being carried out as part of the Community Archaeological Programme. A number of archaeological features were discovered and recorded including a group of possible Bronze Age barrows in an area recently cleared of woodland cover, and a deserted medieval hamlet formerly known as Poneshurst.
Evaluation of the archaeological and historic landscape by C Currie of CKC Archaeology, in conjunction with SyAS, for SCC, with reference to them being proposed as Areas of Historic Landscape Value. The survey recorded a series of features, including a number of potential barrow sites (there is at least one authenticated prehistoric barrow on Cockcrow Hill), at least five historic ponds, and a large area of linear earthworks, possibly the remains of quarrying.
A watching brief was maintained by C Currie of CKC Archaeology on repair work to this lock on the Godalming Navigation, for the National Trust. Early, possibly original, brickwork was revealed around the gates of the lock. The southern cill was of brick with stone blocks on the outward edge, possibly to act as protection; the northern cill was of wood, covered by modern concrete. The lock chamber itself is now concrete, but was originally of timber. (330)
Survey of the archaeological and historic landscape of the Commons by C Currie of CKC Archaeology, for SCC and the Corporation of London, undertaken with reference to them being proposed as Areas of Historic Landscape Value. In the north of Ashtead Common a number of earthworks and other features surround the site of a Roman villa. The villa is a rare type of corridor villa, with considerable evidence that it adjoined a large scale tile manufactory. Extensive areas of quarries and spoil heaps demonstrate the extent of industrial activity on the site in the Roman period.
Survey of the historical landscape of Claremont Park and its environs by C Currie of CKC Archaeology for the National Trust. The survey looked at both the development of the Claremont estate from the early 18th century, and the landscape of the area before this period. The estate is sited on sandy soils on marginal land on the northern edge of Esher Common. Early colonisation of the site would have been likely because of the initial ease of cultivation, but rapid leaching of the soils probably led to its abandonment.
Recording by C Currie of CKCA, of remains of a building revealed during fallen tree clearance. From map evidence, this would appear to be the northern half of the building known as Pigeon House Cottage.
Historic building recording by C Currie and E Roberts for CKCA assessing the impact of proposed alterations. The earliest surviving fabric shows that the building evolved from a late medieval hall house, and the construction details suggest a building of pre-1500 date, which could possibly be as early as the late 14th century.