18th century

Albury Park test pitting and open day


We will be returning for a second year of test pitting this season at Albury Park to investigate the deserted medieval settlement which once stretched across the course of the former road which continued all the way to Shere. The original village of Albury was displaced in the early 19th century (to its current location to the west), and little now remains standing of the former cottages. However, with the help of geophysical survey, LiDAR and - of course - a large-scale series of test pits spread across the site, we are working to uncover and learn more about the original settlement!

Albury Park geophysical survey and test pitting 2023

The original medieval settlement and manor of Albury, in Albury Park, is well-known for its displacement by the local lord(s) of the manor in the late 18th and early 19th century and re-location a kilometre away, to the present-day village, formerly the manor of Weston. Little is known of its earlier history, including its precise extent and any evidence of medieval activity beyond its Domesday ‘Old Saxon’ church (TQ 0631 4785) and mill along the banks of the Tillingbourne.



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at Surrey History Centre 130, Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6ND

9.30 Registration

9.55 Chairman’s introductory remarks

10.00 Catherine Ferguson (University of Roehampton) : Introduction

10.20 Hilary Ely (Trustee of the Cranston Library) : Cranston Library

10.50 Coffee and tea

11.20 David Brookes (Bourne Hall Museum) : Epsom as a Spa Town

Weir House, Millmead, Guildford

Oxford Archaeology (OA) has carried out a programme of investigation and recording at Weir House in Guildford, Surrey, a Grade II Listed Building owned by the National Trust and situated in a Conservation Area. The house is in good condition and currently inhabited by tenants. The work is in advance of any possible changes that may be proposed in the future so that informed conservation recommendations can be made for practical and effective management that will not compromise the buildings special features and overall historic value.

Barn Hill Gardens Nursery, Pitch Hill, Ewhurst

Historic building recording and watching brief by West Sussex Archaeology identified the main building on the site as a four-bay threshing barn with a later open-fronted shelter abutted to its north-west corner. On cartographic evidence and construction style, the barn is of late 18th century date and may have been constructed in 1796, as evidenced by the carved date on a greensand block in its southern plinth wall.

Church House, Church Lane, Godstone

Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of Church House, formerly Church Cottages or Church House and Cottage. A ‘polite’ brick building of early 18th century date, its double-pile, double-fronted form has a high degree of reflective symmetry suggesting two, near identical, back-to-back houses, but it may be that the back house was originally servants’ accommodation.


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