Limited evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA in order to inform decisions about use and management of the site revealed linear features likely to be the remnants of post-medieval ploughing, and recovered residual burnt and worked prehistoric flints and medieval and post-medieval ceramic building material and pottery.
Pre Construct Archaeology
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed circular pit type incisions and irregularly shaped cuts which appear more likely to be of natural origin, but several pieces of burnt and struck flint and pottery were recovered from the natural gravel and alluvial horizons and suggest occupation by prehistoric communities within the area.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed a posthole, suggested to be post-medieval, and a shallow ditch. The ditch is considered to have existed as a property or field boundary during the 18th to 20th centuries as it is visible on historic maps, but finds recovered from could indicate that it was older, and further work (a watching brief) is proposed.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed undated features that are likely to represent periglacial undulations, natural hollows, root boles or bioturbated ground. The subsoil sealing these features contained mid to late 20th century artefacts, suggesting wide spread horizontal truncation across the site.
Ground radar survey undertaken Cobham Technical Services to inform decisions on where to re-inter the post-medieval human skeletal remains recovered during the investigation carried out in advance of the construction of the new vestry by PCA in 2009. Six areas within the churchyard were targeted, with five of these producing evidence of anomalies suggestive of either burials or a drain. The results of the survey indicated one area, close to the Lych gate, was archaeologically empty.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed anomalies representing either natural variations in the natural clay or areas of increased manganese panning, two possible tree-bowl type features, late post-medieval field drains, but no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Monitoring by A Haslam of PCA during demolition works and the removal of intrusive features, including a number of petrol tanks, revealed evidence of extensive modern made ground and no finds or features of archaeological interest. Police subsequently informed of skeletal remains and PCA did further observation.
Watching brief by R Humphrey of PCA during the construction of an extension revealed evidence of modern disturbance and no finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation by A Turner of PCA did not reveal any finds or features of archaeological interest.
Evaluation of this site by PCA, for Barratt Southern Counties, was carried out in advance of redevelopment. No features or finds of archaeological interest were recorded, suggesting that the site was agricultural land until modern times.