Test Pit 1 - 33 Chiswick End
The bungalow was built in 1976 on an old Bramley apple orchard owned by George Palmer. The pit was located in the back garden.
This test-pit produced small quantities of Glazed Red Earthenware and English Stoneware dated to the post-medieval period and a small assemblage of 21 sherds dating from the Victorian era. Other finds consisted of metal nails, a handle and other scraps, a bone shirt button, stone, mortar, charcoal, glass, clay pipe stem and brick fragments.
The finds suggest this site probably had a marginal use such as fields or orchard until the Victorian era.
For an overview of the site and finds, please click on the image of the exhibition poster which is the first image in the gallery below.
For detailed analysis of the finds, please see the results sheet for this pit, which is available as a download at the bottom of this page.
For reports and maps relating to all of the test pits, please see the documents available on our results page.
8th June 2013
The first two contexts yielded a good haul of pottery (mostly modern, glazed), several nails, buttons and bits and pieces. After this initial excitement very little was found and the lower contexts contained only stones, a few nails and very tiny flecks of glazed pottery. We stopped digging on the completion of context 4.
9th June 2013
Little enthusiasm to start digging today as very little had been found in the second half of day one. Alex, the archaeologist, encouraged us to continue and natural was reached at the bottom of context 5. No finds were made on this second day. The soil was replaced and packed down (substantial excess!) and the grass replaced.
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