Wessex Archaeology

Woking Park and former Westfield Tip, Woking

Excavation and watching brief by M Collings of WA in advance of flood protection, landscaping, tip remediation and redevelopment alongside the Hoe stream of areas identified as being of potential interest during evaluation of the site in 2010. The excavation confirmed the presence of postholes, gullies and ditches. Owing to the lack of secure archaeological finds, it was possible to date only two ditches: one to the Early-Middle Iron Age and a second to the post-medieval/modern period.

North of Place Farm, Bletchingley

Excavation by M Williams of WA revealed evidence of a substantial walled structure possibly associated with two parallel boundary walls, and the remains of a possible fish pond, 200m north of the inner gatehouse of Bletchingley Place, the property given by Henry VIII to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement. The suggestion is that the structure may be a northern gatehouse leading from the walled gardens surrounding Bletchingley Place into the deer park to the north.

Homers Farm, London Road, Bedfont

Evaluation by J Powell of WA revealed features within twenty of the 54 trenches. The majority of the features were ditches and gullies, orientated predominantly on a north-west to south-east alignment, and forming part of widespread field systems. The features were generally shallow, which may suggest truncation from previous agricultural activity. A small number of possible pits and postholes were revealed, but no evidence to suggest the potential for settlement or significant levels of activity. Relatively little datable material was recovered.

Watersplash Farm, Fordbridge Road, Shepperton

Evaluation by N Brennan of WA within four areas of a proposed mineral extraction site that appeared to contain a possible 19th century mill site and a possible sub-circular enclosure. No evidence of the mill site was revealed, but the evaluation confirmed the presence of the large sub-oval enclosure on a slightly raised area of ground. The enclosure survived as a ditch, with no traces of a bank, and was identified in three of the evaluation trenches. The ditch contained a small quantity of Middle-Late Bronze Age pottery.

The Bence, Thorpe

Evaluation by S Thompson of WA. A ditch containing Late Bronze Age pottery and a waterlain soil deposit characteristic of either a river channel or flood plain suggest the site is located within a well-preserved and rich prehistoric landscape.


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