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St Cross Church, Oxford

Forde, Deirdre (2009) St Cross Church, Oxford. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Balliol College is proposing to undertake a development at St Cross Church in Oxford which would see the conversion of the large majority of the church to the college's archive store. OA has been commissioned by Montgomery Architects, on behalf of Balliol College, to undertake a programme of archaeological recording of features within the floor which have been exposed by the removal of pews and floorboards. Features exposed within the cleared areas were to be expected in a church of this size and date. On the south side of the nave, some dark areas of soil were visible, representing possible grave cuts, as well as part of a possible raised brick vault. Immediately west of this, and beside the west tower foundation, an inscribed slab and another possible brick vault were exposed. The north side of the nave featured several slabs, some of which are inscribed, and a possible stone burial chamber at the east side. Other exposed features include 19th and 20th century utilities and very occasional displaced human remains and coffin fixtures. Throughout the exposed areas, the ground is very uneven, suggesting more undetected burials from various periods. The foundations for the new archive units will comprise concrete rafts at a maximum depth of 300 mm below the existing floor level, on permanent shuttering. In some areas of proposed development, voids are as shallow as 220mm, raising issues concerning the impact of the development on the archaeology of the church.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Historic Buildings Recording
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
ID Code:192
Deposited By: Joseph Reeves
Deposited On:26 Feb 2010 14:23
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 14:25

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