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St Thomas of Canterbury Church Goring on Thames Oxfordshire

Webb, Helen St Thomas of Canterbury Church Goring on Thames Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between December 2008 and April 2009 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a number of archaeological recording and investigation exercises at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Goring, Oxfordshire. The work was commissioned by the Parochial Church Council (PCC)/Acanthus Clews Architects in advance of the demolition of the existing boiler room and WC/ kitchen building, and erection of a single storey extension on the south elevation of the church. In addition to this, new flooring and under-floor heating is to be installed within the church. The extramural evaluation revealed a number of structural features relating to an earlier priory complex, including robbed out walls and a column base that possibly made up part of a four-sided cloister. Thirtyfive grave cuts were revealed in the excavation area, mostly 19th and 20th centuries in date and orientated in N-S rows. Five were thought to be earlier in date, possibly medieval. Skeletons were revealed in just two of the graves, a neonate and an adult found at the deepest part of the excavation area. Two brick burial structures with vaulted roofs, probably late 18th century in date, were also revealed. Remains of the north wall of the church and parts of its western extent were uncovered during the intramural evaluation. The foundations of a later arcade column, built after the demolition of the north wall was also revealed. The archaeologists had the opportunity to record two well preserved coffins, one from the 18th century and the other likely to date to the 17th century, within intramural brick vaults. Five more grave cuts in the eastern end of the north aisle and a single grave cut in the nave, which are likely to also contain brick vaults, were investigated. 19th century features such as brick heating ducts and the remains of a stone slab and brick floor layer under the eastern and the central aisles were also uncovered and recorded. The project also included photographic recording of the boiler house and kitchen, prior to their demolition, and of the nuns doorway prior to its alteration.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:5356
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:28 Aug 2019 13:01
Last Modified:28 Aug 2019 13:01

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