Monument record BSE 059 - Tollgate Lane

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Inhumation cemetery, possibly ESax.


Grid reference Centred TL 8488 6585 (101m by 100m) (Approximate)
Map sheet TL86NW


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Inhumation cemetery, possibly ESax. "Human remains found AD 1821" (S1), marked on OS 1:500 map with cross at TL 8490 6585 (S4, but see below).
Before 1843 at least 20 skeletons were found in a field in the Tollgate Lane. They lay circa 1 foot deep ... lying at full length and in a row. With them was a small urn of coarse ware and rude workmanship, quite empty (R1)(S2)(S3).
It seems likely that both accounts refer to one find although the precise location is questionable. They have also been related in (S1)(S2) to more recent finds of Sax burials to the west - see BSE 005.
Note 1: OS 1884 map clearly marks the findspot with a cross in a garden about 8m in front of a house on the S side of Tollgate Lane at about TL 8488 6585. This is now on the edge of the garden and the footpath to the N (the road has been widened). It also shows an 'Old Chalk Pit' centreing on TL 8484 6581 slightly to the W and just S of Tollgate Lane.
Note 2: Further burials, possibly from same cemetery, found on N(?) side of road - see BSE 373.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL86NW8, 1960.
  • <R1> (No record type): Gents Mag Library, Archaeology, 1, (from 1843), 146.
  • <S2> (No record type): Meaney, A.. 1964. A Gazetteer of Early Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites. Meaney A, Gazeteer of Early Anglo-Saxon burial sites, 1964.
  • <S3> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL86NW7, 1958.
  • <S4> (No record type): OS, 1:500 map, 1884.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 4 2011 11:12AM

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