Watching brief by L McCaig and D Freer of WA revealed the partial remains of a late 19th century red brick-built building consisting of two lengths of wall and a small area of surviving associated exterior surface. No evidence of the postulated Roman road was uncovered owing, possibly, to the shallowness of the monitored works.
Historic building recording by L Wilson of AS revealed that the main farmhouse originated as a probable late 17th century, timber-framed building laid out on a double-pile plan. A few internal fixtures such as the staircase may date from this period or slightly later. An attached west wing was used as a kitchen and may have been modified from a pre-existing building, though evidence for its supposed 16th century date is speculative. A nearby worker’s cottage is probably of similar or earlier date, timber-framed and of humble origins.
Evaluation by G Sheehan of ASE identified an infilled pond, a tree-planting pit, two brick post-settings and the remains of a number of drainage features, all of late 19th/20th century date and associated with a former walled garden and landscaping.
Evaluation and archaeological monitoring by K Bower and W Perkins of PCA on an extension to a retail store revealed late medieval or early post-medieval features in the form of pits, a gully and possible occupation layers, one of which was formed of compacted chalk and sealed the gully. Subsequent monitoring of the groundworks revealed a short section of a poorly built 19th or 20th century wall, and post-medieval domestic refuse pits, one of which cut two substantial, but similarly dated, postholes.
Evaluation by W Weller of SCAU revealed deep levels of made-ground comprising a high percentage of industrial slag and ash as well as sand, brick, stone and 20th century household waste. The results show that deep excavations had been conducted across most of the site prior to the construction of the football ground in the early 1950s. There was no indication of the projected route of Stane Street, sometimes postulated to cross the site, although the depth of disturbance would probably have removed any evidence if it had been present.
Excavation by L Spencer of SyAS. Following the observations of archaeological deposits in construction trenches, a series of at least three tile-on-edge hearths were revealed. The tiles of the main hearth were laid in a north–south orientation and were bounded to the east by a single course of bricks, to the north by a line of retaining tiles and had clearly defined southern and western edges, but with no retaining structures. Further evidence of burning below the upper main hearth, two insubstantial walls and floor levels comprising packed chalk and clay were also revealed.
A third season of excavation by L Spencer of SyAS on the postulated site of Bookham Courte revealed an extension to the demolition layer initially uncovered in 2014 (SyAC 99, 224). It was found to overlay a succession of sterile layers above the remnants of a packed chalk floor, itself partially overlying an extensive area of flint cobbles that may relate to the ‘Great Yarde’ referred to in a 1616 description of Bookham Courte.
Historic building recording by G Elliott and D Milbank of TVAS of two barns and the adjoining cart-shed and stables. In their original form, both barns were for threshing and consisted of five bays with waggon entrances within the central bay. The south-west barn is largely unchanged from its original form. The north-west barn has been altered, with the removal of the covered waggon entrance and possibly a north aisle. A sixth bay was added to its west end and the roof extended further to include stables and a cart-shed. Another stable block abuts the south wall.