Evaluation by Dr C Russell of CBAS revealed a field boundary ditch that is shown from historic mapping to have been in use in 1841.
A detailed gradiometry survey by T Richardson of Stratascan was conducted over c 5.8ha of grassland. With the exception of a single cut feature that might be archaeological in origin or equally related to modern agricultural activity, the survey did not identify any anomalies of probable archaeological character. The majority of the anomalies detected were modern in origin, including ploughing, services and land drains.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a five-bay hardwood timber-framed and weather-boarded building of one-and-a-half storeys. Almost certainly a three-bay stable with hayloft over and flanking cart sheds with lofts and probably dating from the late 18th century. To the west is a single-storey face wing of unknown but probable 20th century date.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC of a timber-framed open-hall house of four bays. Of a standard tripartite plan of a parlour, two-bay hall and service bay, it includes an ‘upper-end’ end-jetty, long passing braces, ground floor braces and evidence of a dais spere – a short screen, normally by a door, to prevent draughts. To this a further bay was added at the ‘lower’, downhill end. The house probably dates from the second quarter of the 1400s. The added bay is probably 17th century in date.
Historic building assessment by M Higgins of SCC. Court Farm comprises four timber-framed bays with a substantial chimney with back-to-back hearths in the second bay. There are jowls to the four inner posts around the chimney. The roof is a staggered butt purlin, butt rafter design with added face gables. The first build has been dated through dendrochronology to 1613. A further timber-framed bay, of similar construction, and a face gable were added to the west end, probably in the early/mid-17th century.
Evaluation and monitoring by R Kennedy of COT revealed a gully of probable post-medieval date but no further finds or features of archaeological interest.
Appraisal by M Higgins of SCC of a gabled, two-bay, open-hall house, one of which was open. Situated on a tight urban plot, it was constructed before 1540 with an overshot cross entry and divided service.
Watching brief by D Atkins of CBAS of ground contouring and a temporary haul road during remodelling of the golf course. Machine excavation was carried out to a maximum depth of 300mm with only very occasional patches of the underlying natural deposit exposed. Consequently, the presence of any archaeological features could not be confirmed, although the poor drainage makes the presence of settlement activity unlikely. The few finds recovered were of post-medieval date.
Evaluation by A Haslam of PCA following demolition of the former aerospace works revealed archaeological features in the form of parallel ditches and several small pits. The fills of all the features were largely sterile, with only one pit producing pottery and pantile fragments from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. The lack of earlier, residual, material suggests that none of the features is likely to pre-date the late post-medieval period.
A magnetometry and earth resistance survey by R and S Ainslie of Abingdon Archaeological Geophysics within the boundary of the Scheduled Monument revealed three anomalies of possible archaeological origin. A subsequent test pit evaluation by W Weller of SCAU revealed a segment of a possible early medieval ditch towards the north of the site and confirmed that some areas to the south of the site had been truncated by recent quarrying.