Analytical survey of earthworks on Gravelly Hill, Caterham

In 2014 land on Gravelly Hill was purchased by Caterham School and they expressed an interest in knowing the archaeological and historical background to their new land. The late Peter Gray had already noted the presence of earthworks within the area but access had previously been limited. As a result of the change of ownership members of the Surrey Archaeological Society undertook aa measured survey of the land within the medieval park and a small area to its immediate north.

Keeping the lights on at Hampton Court


London Archaeologist's Annual Lecture will this year feature a report on archaeological works alongside the project to replace electrical cabling within Hampton Court. This has offered an opportunity to excavate within the buildings and is revealing earlier phases of construction.

Admission free but contact Becky Wallower to register your interest and for information:

Leatherhead test pitting (and open day)


There will be three weekends for the community to get involved in the test pitting programme at Leatherhead, centred this year around Rowhurst and Teazle Wood, to take place over the first three weekends of May. All test pitting will be in the grounds of either Rowhurst or adjacent Teazle Wood, with Rowhurst serving as a meeting point.

On Monday 6th May, we will be holding an open day event, where the community can simply show up with no prior booking. Activities will be available for children especially, including Saxon re-enactors.

Nasty Normans


Relive the Battle of Hastings and discover the Norman skill of castle building using props from the Tower of London. Built as fortresses, they became administration centres and symbols of power for the Nasty Normans.

Cost: £5 per child, one adult free per child.

For further details there is a pdf attached or contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Ewell. 


Heritage Open Day at Abinger


The Abinger Research Centre and Library, situated in the former Abinger Hammer Village School, will be open to all for a special Heritage Open Day event.

Members of the Society will be set-up with displays featuring work and artefact displays from all periods, with opportunities to observe or take part in various activities, including environmental processing. The Library will be open and available for browsing or for research queries, and the new County Finds Liaison Officer will also be set-up and eager to meet with visitors.

St Peter's church, Church Street, Old Woking

Watching brief carried out by R and P Savage of SyAS, and assisted by A Norris, revealed that the remains of the stone medieval churchyard wall, probably dating to the 12th or 13th centuries, had been encased within a brick rebuilding of the wall in the post-medieval period. As a result of the watching brief and resultant discussions, the necessary repairs to the later brick wall were modified to encase and preserve the medieval remains.

Old Woking

Eight test pits dug by SyAS under the direction of R Savage (four at the White Hart, 150 High Street, together with three at The Old Vicarage and one at Lea Cottage, both in Church Street). A small amount of Late Saxon pottery was recovered in the two locations in Church Street, while stratified 12th century layers were revealed close to the High Street at the White Hart.


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