Evaluation by S Hoad of MoLAS, for Palace Street Leatherhead Limited, in advance of residential development. The five trenches excavated revealed that the entire site had been truncated by modern excavation.
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Evaluation by B Barber of MoLAS on the site of an extension to the existing superstore. This revealed truncation to a uniform level across the site, probably during construction of the existing superstore, and any archaeology that might have been present will have already been destroyed.
Evaluation by H Knight of MoLAS in advance of a new office development. No finds or features of archaeological interest were revealed by trial trenching, which showed that the site had been extensively quarried in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. However borehole testing elsewhere suggested that part of the site may still retain undisturbed soil horizons of possible archaeological significance.
Evaluation and watching brief by A Green and R Hewett of MoLAS revealed only a large 19th pit and a post-medieval well, and it appears that much of the site had been truncated by 19th century terracing.
Evaluation by N Roycroft of MoLAS in advance of redevelopment revealed a ploughed soil containing occasional sherds of medieval pottery; and two linear features that may have formed a property boundary, and seem to be associated with three cesspits dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. The structures relating to the post-medieval features were not located during the evaluation, probably because they are associated with the street frontages of Church Street and possibly Bridge Street.
Evaluation by N Roycroft of MoLAS prior to redevelopment revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by P Treveil of MoLAS involving the excavation of three trenches revealed only modern features and natural deposits. Peat identified by earlier geotechnical work contained brick, and represents modern or redeposited deposits.
Evaluation by R Cowie of MoLAS revealed numerous natural clay-filled hollows in the surface of the river terrace gravels. The gravel was also cut by a number of man-made features including pits and ditches. These were mainly concentrated in the northern and eastern parts of the site. Single prehistoric struck flints were recovered form a root hole and a small pit, and a small fragment of baked clay or pottery was also found in a pit.
Evaluation by C Cowan of MoLAS, following a previous borehole survey that had concluded that much of the site was relatively untruncated, and that a good geoarchaeological sequence appeared across the site. The evaluation showed that a promontory of high gravel existed in the northern part of the site, with a surface dipping down to the south. Features containing four pottery sherds dated to the late Bronze Age or the early Iron Age were recorded in one trench beneath the alluvium.
Watching brief by H Knight of MOLA, forming part of the project ongoing at this site since 2002 (SyAC 90, 91, 94 and 95), examined the western foreshore remodelling near, but not directly adjacent to, the south of Chertsey Bridge. Truncated deposits of 16th–19th century date were noted, but no evidence was revealed of the medieval Chertsey Bridge structure – presumed to have been located very close to the north of the site. No significant finds or features of earlier date were apparent.