Participants of all ages are invited to book a slot for a full weekend of test-pitting at Nonsuch Park over Heritage Open Weekend (Saturday 21st-Sunday 22nd September) to undergo investigation of the Tudor Old Stables.
Building survey identified several phases starting in c1452
Watching brief by K Butler of CBAS revealed no archaeological features, although two pottery sherds dating to the Saxo-Norman period were recovered from the topsoil, suggesting possible early medieval activity on or near the site. The majority of the artefacts recovered during the watching brief were dated to the mid–late 16th century, contemporary with Forge Cottage. Other pottery recovered was of the early post-medieval period, although the largest quantity was of 19th century date.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC. The earliest phase is a probably late 16th century, three bay cross-wing to a now lost hall range. It is of two storeys, close studded with gables front and back and originally unheated. Probably in the mid-17th century a three-bay main range and a three-bay cross-wing was added together with three chimney stacks to serve both sections.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a probable late 15th century, open-hall house of three bays, of which just one was open. It includes an overshot cross-entry with speres (to exclude draughts) and a moulded upper end dais beam and decorated head to the parlour door spere. An added chimney preserved the cross-entry and a rear range was added in the 18th century.
Landscape study by H Beamish of OAN, undertaken in 2009, and reported in 2010. Desk and topographical survey identified a wide range of features, many of which could be linked to the early use of the area as farmland prior to the creation of the park in the 19th century. These included ponds, quarries, boundaries and enclosures, a number of which were chosen for more detailed measured survey. Resistivity and magnetometry survey by M and A Roseveare of ArchaeoPhysica was also undertaken in an attempt to locate the remains of a Tudor property known from historic records.
Evaluation by A Margetts of ASE revealed two gulleys and a pit or ditch terminus of prehistoric date that may be part of an enclosure or field-system possibly related to prehistoric settlement known from the wider area. A probable post-medieval linear feature, a probable ditch of 16th to 18th century date, and made ground deposits in many of the trenches, may represent evidence of landscaping during the laying out the grounds surrounding the former school building. Further work suggested.
A programme of historic building recording, evaluation, and a watching brief during the reduction of floor levels within the farmhouse, at Lowerhouse Farm by L Capon of AOC. The farmhouse is dated by a render plaque to 1525, but shows many phases of repair and extension. The earliest parts of the farmhouse are fully timber-framed, and reveal the building to have started as a Hall House, the hall lying north of a two-storey, four room block.
Watching brief by W Weller of SCAU during the construction of a replacement building close to Wayneflete's Tower revealed segments of a possible Tudor culvert and a crude brick structure running parallel to it.
Excavation (1978) by K.D. Graham for Farnham and District Museum Society located parts of probably 16th and 17th century buildings and a number of Mesolithic flakes, below the remains of a known early 19th century hop kiln. (148)