Medieval Features at Kings Court Hotel

Description of this historic site

Evidence of the remains of Medieval ridge and furrow cultivation was found during archaeological work at Kings Court Hotel. Medieval pottery was also found.

Notes about this historic site

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.

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