17th century

13-15 Tunsgate, Guildford

Test excavations in advance of alteration and extension of the buildings, by Graham Hayman of SCAU for Triggs Turner Investment Co, recorded several pits and some walling of 17th-18th century date. Beneath these features, pits, postholes and stake holes of late 12th-early 13th century date were found. The majority of the pits had been used for domestic rubbish disposal. One very large feature is presumed to have been produced by quarrying for chalk. Levelling into the slope for building had truncated features towards the rear of the site.

Hyde Farm, Churt

A watching brief by A and D Graham on works within the standing Tudor building recorded a Bargate Stone lined well, dating to at least 1700, and a thin ashy layer containing 13th century coarse and white wares as well as fragments of ashlar masonry. These remains presumably relate to a medieval precursor to the existing building, known from documentary evidence. (294)

The Alms Houses, Warlingham

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.

46-48 High Street, Staines

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.

2 Pendleton Road, Redhill

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)

Land rear of 29-55 High Street, Dorking

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

Graving Dock, Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

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.

Angel Hotel, Guildford

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.

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