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Torre Abbey Phase II Evaluation

Bashford, Robin Torre Abbey Phase II Evaluation. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In July 2011, Oxford Archaeology undertook a field evaluation at Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon (centred on SX 907 638). The evaluation revealed a possibly medieval metalled surface to the south of the South-East Wing, which was overlain by a sequence of later rudimentary surfaces, possibly representing construction horizons associated with the post-dissolution reconfigurations of the South Range of the Abbey. A potentially medieval wall was also revealed to the east of the South-East Wing. The was aligned north-south, and is likely to correlate to the west wall of the building identified as the infirmary by Hugh Watkin in the early 20th century. This wall was truncated by a later wall on a perpendicular alignment which appeared to be overlain by the footings of the standing wall of the South-East Wing. A test pit excavated to the north of the South-East Wing revealed a wall footing which almost certainly formed part of an early 19th century brewhouse. This overlay a lead pipe of uncertain, but probably post-medieval, date. A layer of stone rubble was recorded within a test pit excavated within the South- East Wing itself. The small size of the test pit means that the interpretation and date of this deposit is uncertain. A trench was excavated on the mid 18th century terrace, adjacent to the porch of the South Range. This revealed a large block of masonry which may be associated with the blocking of one or more of a series of archways leading from the refectory undercroft of the abbey to the inner courtyard to the south. As part of the evaluation phase there were three areas of opening up to the building fabric. The external removal of render to the South-East Wing revealed the location of former and inserted openings in the north and east walls. The internal opening up revealed the primary phase walling for the abbey building onto which the 18th century extension was added

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Devon
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4276
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:04 Sep 2018 09:11
Last Modified:04 Sep 2018 09:11

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