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A moated website near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Final autumn, the CA industry group excavated a moated website near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. The moat had mainly been infilled throughout the belated century that is 20th while post-medieval domestic structures inside the inside had been demolished adhering to a fire in 2005. The moat happens to be in the middle of a sizable commercial property and company park, even though it initially occupied a rural location. Regardless of this, it had been profoundly stratified, requiring three stages of technical stripping.
The demolished remnants regarding the post-medieval domestic be naughty structures within, and bridge that is contemporary, the moat
In the west associated with website, the initial website strip identified the later moat fills plus the eighteenth and 19th-century domestic structures, every one of which correlated closely utilizing the available 19th-century cartographic evidence. Disappointingly, the moat right here ended up being reasonably superficial, typically a maximum of 2m deep, and just eighteenth to 20th-century artefacts had been restored from in the four hand-excavated interventions.
The island produced by the moat contained an amount of later medieval/early post-medieval ditches and a rock culvert, that have been demonstrably cut by the moat’s arm that is western extending beyond the restriction associated with web site. This advised that the western an element of the moat that is surviving maybe maybe perhaps not medieval in beginning, but possibly section of a much later formal landscaped garden, contemporaneous with all the post-medieval structures.
Outside of the moat, straight away to your north, re-stripping unveiled the impact of a big medieval aisled barn. This rock building had been very near to a brick that is post-medieval over the moat’s north arm, showing that the building additionally the connection are not contemporaneous. The rock barn is at minimum 35m long, 8m wide, and had eight surviving main rock post-pads within its inside. It absolutely was roofed with Cotswold rock slates, although just the smaller pegged tiles survived.
The post-medieval arm that is western of moat
Hand-excavation inside the moat’s northern and eastern hands unveiled a sequence that is strikingly different and right here it reached a level of 3.5m. Organic-rich fills lay under the post-medieval build up and, notably, the initial fills produced exclusively 12th to pottery that is 14th-century.
A connection, contemporaneous aided by the medieval moat fills, ended up being identified crossing the eastern supply, comprising inside and external rock abutments of finely dressed and coursed limestone. Two big, squared timbers (each 5m long and 0.4m square) had been included in to the stonework, started from the uncovered normal clays at the moat’s base. Several upright timbers was indeed integrated in to the base timbers with mortice and tenon bones. The exterior stonework had suffered a catastrophic failure, which presumably rendered this bridge unusable while the interior stone abutment survived in good condition.
The medieval rock abutments and exposed timber framework proof when it comes to failure regarding the external rock abutment pressing up against the timber that is upright
The findings bring into question the real level of this medieval moated website. It is currently speculated that the first moat that is medieval a bigger area, probably expanding west into an area truncated by modern flooding alleviation works. This postulated part of the moat might have been truncated (or entirely abandoned) whenever a very early post-medieval mill competition had been built across the western limitation regarding the web site. The surviving western supply is very much indeed later (perhaps eighteenth century) and operates parallel utilizing the mill battle; its probably interpretation can be as a post-medieval yard feature, albeit the one that perhaps re-instated the characteristics and grandeur of the site that is moated.