Sandra and Radnor Houses, Hansler Grove, East Molesey

Evaluation by S Porter of MOLA recorded a rough deposit of chalk considered to represent the foundation of a structure with an associated cobblestone surface. The orientation and location of the possible structure was similar to that of a large building marked on Joseph Hodgkinson’s 1781 map of the manors of Molesey Matham and Molesey Prior. To the south, several shallow, linear bedding trenches were recorded. No dating evidence was recovered from any of the features.

Imber Court Trading Estate, Orchard Lane, East Molesey

A phase of post-demolition evaluation, test pits and strip, map and record excavations by W Perkins of PCA, following pre-demolition evaluation in 2016 (SyAC 101, 214), showed severe disturbance across much of the site owing to its former industrial uses. However, initial evaluation showed that areas of undisturbed land were present and the later phase of work revealed more of a series of natural palaeochannels, first recorded in 2016, threading across the north-west of the site.

Town centre, Farnham

Community test pitting in 2016 and 2017, directed by A Sassin and D Graham of SyAS. A total of fourteen 1m2 test pits excavated at Farnham Park, 5 Castle Street, the Windsor Almshouses, St Andrew’s Rectory on Upper Church Lane, the Old Vicarage and Coxbridge Farm revealed post-medieval and modern disturbance at the majority of the locations. Post-18th century finds were recovered from all locations but probable 12th–13th century contexts were recorded at the three sites within the known medieval town core (St Andrew’s Rectory, the Windsor Almshouses and 5 Castle Street).

Land to the rear of 1-7 Holly Parade, High Street, Cobham

Evaluation by K Bower of PCA revealed a number of parallel bedding trenches that indicated a horticultural use within the site until the middle of the 19th century, at which time a large residence was built. A brick-lined cesspit of similar date produced a number of complete glass and stoneware bottles, one of the latter stamped ‘Finest Methylated Spirits - Harrod’s Stores - Brompton Road’.

Land at Somersbury Wood, Ewhurst

A magnetometry survey by K Armstrong of Tigergeo confirmed the location of the known glass-working site together with possible traces of associated woodland exploitation in the north-west of the site. Centrally, various linear anomalies may relate to further industrial use of the woodland, while known former field boundaries and trackways were located to the south-east. In the same area, an undated complex of possible linear enclosures and circular anomalies was discovered that may relate to settlement or farming activity.

Compasses Bridge, Alfold

Watching brief by M Cook at the site of the former Compasses Bridge across the Wey and Arun Canal. No remains of the former bridge were identified although the remains of the canal channel were located and recorded and the sequence of construction of the original cutting, channel and bridge were established.


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