Site Event/Activity record ESF20343 - Archaeological Assessment and Geophysical Survey - Shire Hall Complex Assessment, Bury St Edmunds

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Location Shire Hall Complex Archaeological Assessment
Grid reference Centred TL 858 639 (209m by 243m)
Map sheet TL86SE



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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An archaeological assessment, comprising a documentary search, geophysical survey and the excavation of trial holes was undertaken as part of the study into the possible future use and development of the Shire hall site, Bury St Edmunds; part of which lies within the precinct of the Abbey. The investigation identified the site of the Sacrist yard beyond and outside the south precinct wall. The yard would have contained the homes, offices and workshops of the Sacrists' staff, and part of the gatehouse into the yard was identified in the fabric of the standing monument. Evidence of a return wall on the east side of the precinct and a possible ditch alongside the south wall were also found. Within the precinct human burials part of the monks cemetery were found and finds recovered from the test pits included a considerable quantity medieval pottery and tiles, dating to the middle of the twelfth to the middle of the thirteenth century. Glazed medieval rooftiles, indicative of high-status buildings, were also found and these are thought to be directly associated with the Abbey and Ipswich and Thetford-ware pottery confirms that this part of the town is also within the Middle and Late Saxon settlement area (S1)(S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Carr, R. and Gill, D.. 2007. Archaeological Assessment Report, Shire Hall Complex Assessment, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 291.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: GSB Prospection. 2007. Geophysical Survey Report, Shirehall Complex, Bury St Edmunds.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Shire Hall Complex Assessment, Bury St Edmunds (Monument)

Record last edited

Jun 14 2018 3:17PM

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