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Odney Heritage Site Grove Farm Cookham Berkshire

Leader, Paul Odney Heritage Site Grove Farm Cookham Berkshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

During late August and early September 2011 Oxford Archaeology undertook a field evaluation within the grounds of the Odney Club and the former Grove Farm, Cookham, Berkshire, prior to determination of Planning Application 011/01859 FUL submitted by John Lewis Partnership for redevelopment of the farm as the Odney Heritage Centre. An initial Desk Based Assessment (Little 2011) demonstrated that a lack of archaeological remains had been discovered within the immediate vicinity of the site, but there remained potential for buried archaeology dating from the Prehistoric, Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods (Grove Farm is thought to date from the late 16th century). The evaluation which consisted of eight trenches to investigate the three areas impacted by the proposed development, the Walled Garden, the Courtyard and the Grassed Area. In the Courtyard a substantial level of building rubble contained roof tile of 17th - 18th century date and probably derived from the demolition of earlier post-medieval farm buildings in the 19th century. A single element of buried wall foundation survived in the Courtyard that probably dates to the 18th century. The presence of sands in the southern part of the area (Courtyard and Walled Garden) perhaps indicate a derelict, but archaeologically sterile, channel of the River Thames with a higher area of gravel in the Grassed Area, possibly representing an eyot to the north (which was perhaps the originating higher ground for what is now called Odney Island). No other finds, features or deposits containing potential for environmental sampling were revealed. ©

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Berkshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:1649
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:14 Apr 2014 10:34
Last Modified:14 Apr 2014 10:34

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