Monument record FEX 162 - Landguard Fort Research Excavation

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Research excavation commissioned by English Heritage to locate and identify the C17th fort (FEX 064 pre 1720).


Grid reference Centred TM 28452 31948 (25m by 25m)
Map sheet TM23SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Watching brief - to establish that insertion of tables resulted in minimal damage to archaeological integrity of sort. No damage was done and structures already identified were only items seen. No other finds what so ever. (S4)

Research excavation commissioned by English Heritage to locate and identify C17th fort and to study its defences. Walls of gorge curtain and bastion were recognised, a section of the ditch was excavated, and a truncated bank observed. An L-shaped trench, commissioned by English Heritage, to investigate the survival and position of the fort (1625-8) with later additions and demolished sometime in the first half of the C18. The truncated remains of the original bank from the gorge curtain and NW bastion. A robbed out carnot wall ('fausse braye') was identified at the base of the bank within the ditch. Fire sweepings dumped behind this wall contained a large assembly of clay pipes dating from the latter half of the C17 (S1)(S2). Scheduled Monument

For details on fort see (FEX 064 pre 1720).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Various. Loader T, SCCAS Project Design, No 01/36.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Meredith J,. 2001. Archaeological Excavation Report, Languard Research Excavation, Felixstowe.
  • <S3> Article in serial: Meredith, J... 2008. Excavation at Landguard Fort: an investigation of the 17th century defences. Post-Medieval Archaeology, Vol. 42(2), pp.229-275.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: TL/KS. 1996. Mon report. Landguard Fort, Felixstowe.

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Jun 10 2015 2:44PM

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