Medieval Features at Kings Court Hotel
Evidence of the remains of Medieval ridge and furrow cultivation was found during archaeological work at Kings Court Hotel. Medieval pottery was also found.
1 Excavation carried out in June 1993 in advance of the construction of the new bedroom block at the Hotel. To the E of Kings Court lies an extensive group of cropmarks, WA 4646, and it was thought possible that these cropmarks and features relating to it might extend as far W as the site. 3 trenches were excavated. In all 3 the turf and topsoil overlaid 1 or 2 modern dumped rubble layers relating to the recent landscaping of the Hotel car park. Below this layer was a layer probably relating to the old (post medieval to modern) farm, below which were 2 ploughsoil layers. The earliest ploughsoil in trenches 1 and 2 produced C12-C13 pottery. These earlier ploughsoils probably correspomd to the ridge and furrow in the field E of the car park. Also recovered was a stone fragment of uncertain date but associated with a medieval sherd. This may possibly indicate pre-medieval activity on the site.