Evaluation by J Robertson of SCAU, for the Trustees of the Harmon Atwood Charities, in advance of the construction of a new residential block. During excavation of trial trenches fragments of roof tile were frequently observed, and two struck flint flakes and several sherds of pottery of 17th/18th century date were recovered from the spoil.
A watching brief by P Jones of SCAU, for the Abbey National Building Society, of works to the rear of the standing 17th century building, identified a tiled hearth of Roman date and an 18th century bricklined soakaway. The hearth was constructed of Lydion tiles and was almost certainly 4th century in date. A few sherds of late Roman pottery were also recorded.
Limited excavation by D W Williams within this standing building recorded features uncovered during building works. The remains were interpreted as part of the front wall and doorway of an earlier building with an external cobbled surface, from which a number of finds, no earlier than mid-17th century in date, were recovered. (289)
Excavation by J Pine of TVAS for Fairclough Homes, in advance of redevelopment, revealed medieval pits, postholes and gullies and a late medieval well. The pottery from these features has been dated to the 12th to 13th centuries. Pottery from the 17th to 18th century was also recovered. Two near complete articulated pig skeletons were found in purpose-dug pits. (301); see report in SyAC 90, 261-271
Evaluation by C Currie for the National Trust, in advance of works to widen the dock, indicated that the wharf has been extended on more than one occasion. A watching brief was therefore maintained on the works. A timber structure supported on large beams was identified and presumed to be used for pulling barges out of the river for repair and for lowering them back. This structure was covered by 19th century dumps of material, into which was cut a brick hearth, presumably used to boil tar etc for barge repairs. The hearth had largely been destroyed when the bank of the present dock was cut.
A watching brief by GMVEU on a cable trench cut down the High Street recorded only one feature: a pit containing a mid-17th century pipe stem. (292)
Evaluation by Rob Poulton of SCAU for S K Kuntze & Associates, of the area of a new extension to the rear of the hotel, revealed two large pits, interpreted as cesspits. The pits were infilled with rubbish in the mid-13th century, making them roughly contemporaneous with the undercroft at the front of the hotel. A watching brief on the works was subsequently carried out by J Robertson of SCAU and GMVEU also kept an eye on the development. Six pits dating to between the late 12th and 14th centuries were identified. Four pits contained no dating evidence but are likely to be medieval.
A watching brief by the BSAG on works for a new extension to the rear of this 15th century building revealed a brick floor of probably 16th or 17th century date.
Excavation by SHAHT continued. Further evidence for the 17th-19th century tannery was recorded, below which flood deposits sealed levels of Romano-British date. Pottery recovered indicates occupation from the mid/late 1st century through to the late 3rd. Further flood deposits below these levels sealed ditches associated with concentrations of burnt and struck flint and pottery, which appears to be early Neolithic in date. (309)
Report on a wall painting revealed during renovation works. The paintings were recorded by G Pattison of SCAU and P Gray of SyAS. The building itself appears to be 14th century in origin, with a 16th century rebuild. The paintings were revealed on two walls of a downstairs room and probably represent 16th and 17th century decoration, possibly relating to the building’s use as an inn. (317, 321)