Report on a watching brief carried out by G Rapson of MOLA in 2009 during the excavation of five small pits to allow an electricity cable to be laid underground within the Scheduled Monument. One of the pits contained a charcoal-rich layer within colluvial deposits, a similar undated charcoal-rich layer was revealed in another, and evidence of extensive late 19th–20th century remodelling of the area was revealed within the remaining three.
Evaluation of 18th century (with a later 18th century extension and 20th century domestic additions) granary by M Higgins of SCC as part of procedure for listed building consent. The timber-frame granary was two storey, above an originally open-sided cartshed, initially three-bay and later extended to four bays. The original location of the central first floor doorway was identified from the wall and floor framing.
Evaluation by A Foard-Colby of NA (Northamptonshire Archaeology). A relatively modern peat deposit with upper horizons dating to the 20th century was revealed, together with a modern field boundary apparently backfilled in the 1970s.
Historic building survey by T Davies of WEED (Waterman Energy, Environment and Design Ltd). Both buildings were constructed in the period 1912–14 in the Arts and Crafts style. A number of features typical of the period, including an asymmetrical plan, extensive use of local materials and an idiosyncratic design that attempted to mimic the landscape as well as demonstrate piecemeal development, were noted. Many original internal features also survived and were recorded.
Evaluation by G Williams of JMHS. Modern boundary and garden features were recorded and a single, possibly Neolithic, piece of worked flint was recovered, but no archaeological features pre-dating the 19th century.
Evaluation by C Edwards of AOC. No finds or features earlier than the 1900s were revealed.
Evaluation by J McNicoll-Norbury of TVAS. A single modern ditch terminus was revealed, but no finds or features of archaeological significance.
Watching brief by G Webster revealed a post-medieval culvert drain, an early 20th century below ground storeroom, and evidence of extensive modern disturbance.
Two phases of evaluation by S Mounce of WA in in advance of flood protection, landscaping, tip remediation and redevelopment alongside the Hoe Stream. The first phase revealed a significant depth of alluvial deposits, late 19th and early 20th artefacts likely to have been washed up and deposited by the Hoe in a trench closest to the modern path of the stream, but no deposits of archaeological interest. The second phase revealed alluvial layers within all of the trenches, confirming that the site historically lay within the floodplain.
Evaluation by R Humphrey of PCA revealed undated features that are likely to represent periglacial undulations, natural hollows, root boles or bioturbated ground. The subsoil sealing these features contained mid to late 20th century artefacts, suggesting wide spread horizontal truncation across the site.