Museum of London Archaeology

Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury

Evaluation by J Vuolteenaho of MoLAS in advance of the installation of a new track revealed one area containing postholes representing either early activity, or an earlier fence alignment, and another with a small shallow feature and further postholes. Monitoring by S Davis during machine clearance around the area of the first set of postholes did not reveal any similar or associated deposits, but the concrete roof of either a basement or bunker was uncovered. Although not fully excavated, the structure was found to extend at least 2m below the present ground surface.

Elmsleigh Centre, High Street, Staines

Watching brief by C Menary of MoLAS revealed that the site straddled both the gravel island and the alluvial flood plain. A layer of alluvium containing residual Roman finds could relate to flooding of the Roman settlement in the 3rd century, and a deposit of post-medieval dumping dating to 1740–1800 was possibly an effort to raise the ground level in this period.

RADAMEC site, Bridge Wharf, Chertsey

Evaluation by S Gannon and C Cowan of MoLAS, and continuation of work that began in 2002. A number of late 19th century light industrial features were revealed, including a probable sawpit, and evidence of brick manufacturing. A possible former dock, consistent with the evidence contained on contemporary maps, was also located. A programme of building recording was carried out by A Upson in 2002–3 (but unreported at the time) on former military and civil boat-building structures of early to mid-20th century date.

Wallfield, Reigate

Evaluation and building recording by A Birchenough of MoLAS revealed no below-ground finds or features of archaeological interest. However, the photographic recording works to two air-raid shelters provided a useful archive of unusual prefabricated structures prior to their demolition.

157–158 High Street, Egham

Evaluation and watching brief by D Jamieson of MoLAS prior to redevelopment. A limited number of late post-medieval (19th century) features were revealed, including what appeared to be the heavily truncated remains of a blacksmith’s workshop that formerly stood on the site. Most of the area had however been severely damaged by the construction of the supermarket, which had occupied the site until its recent demolition.

Land at Croydon Lane, Banstead

Excavation and watching brief by P Thrale of MoLAS following evaluation work in 2003. Natural chalk solution hollows and a single irregular pit were recorded during the excavation, sealed by a layer of possible agricultural soil, which contained prehistoric flintwork and medieval and post-medieval pottery. No finds or features were observed during the subsequent watching brief.


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