Did you know that most of our archaeological excavations are written up into grey literature reports, free to download from the OA Library?
In addition, a buildings recording and watching brief report from Valentine's Park, Ilford has been uploaded. The park has undergone a wide programme of restoration and regeneration partially funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work, which was undertaken in 2007-8, concentrated principally on areas in the historic 18th century core of the site towards the northern end of the current Valentines Park. Oxford Archaeology was commissioned to record the standing historic structures, including the walls of the Kitchen and Parterre Gardens, the Dovecote, the Alcove Seat, the Grotto, the Cottage, the Granary and Jacobs Well. In addition a watching brief was also maintained during various elements of the regeneration work that caused ground disturbance in the historic gardens. The purpose of this work was to provide detailed records of the parks surviving archaeological features in order to provide information on their construction and phasing. As well as creating a record of the structures prior to the restoration the work has also increased our understanding of the park and its individual features. Topographical survey and evaluation conducted within the historic core of the park has provided detailed information regarding the survival, construction and development of the garden landscape from the earlier eighteenth century Rococo garden to the present.
We have also deposited a report on a programme of archaeological work at Priory Park, Reigate, Surrey. Most of the fieldwork was targeted at elucidating the location and layout of the medieval Reigate Priory, and the post-Dissolution development of the Priory as a residence set in landscaped parkland. Stone wall foundations and burials, probably from the medieval Priory, were uncovered in one of the evaluation trenches. Evidence was also uncovered of post-Dissolution structures including a 17th-18th century building, that may have been a gatehouse or stable block. A section through an 18th century avenue leading to the Priory showed that it had earlier predecessors, possibly originating as a medieval hollow-way. Geophysical survey was also carried out on a known Bronze Age site within the Park, though the results were limited.