Site of Saxon Settlement to E of Alveston Manor

Description of this historic site

The site of an Early Medieval settlement. Archaeological work has identified evidence of a palisade, a burial, and enclosures. Pottery was found in one of the palisade trenches. The location is to the northeast of the Alveston Manor Hotel.

Notes about this historic site

1 1970: Four palisade trenches ran N-S at the W end of the excavation. Two of these cut an Anglo Saxon grave and the most W contained early Medieval pottery. The whole complex suggests replacement of a boundary fence covering a long period.
2 1971: The palisade trenches were seen to extend S and E and appear to be part of a series of conjoined enclosures dating from the end of the pagan Saxon period. Replacement palisades had been erected and indicate a considerable lifespan for these enclosures.
3 Noted by Ordnance Survey.
4 Plan showing features identified both in 1934-6 and in 1971.
5 Large scale plan of the site.
6 Correspondence from 1988 relating to a development proposal.
7 A note about a theory that a tunnel ran from the hotel’s cellar to other buildings in the town.

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