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PORTIONER'S HOUSE EXCAVATION - BEDDINGTON PARK 2012
Organised by the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society
Sunday 12th August 2012 until completion


Click on the link below for the proposed Design for the excavation - 872k:

 The Portioner’s House in Beddington Park: Design for an excavation by Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society, 2012

Location of the dig is shown HERE

Report 1 for 13 August 2012

Background

The excavation is on the site of the Portioner’s house in the southeast part of Beddington Park between the New Churchyard, Church Road and Croydon Road.

The Portioner was a cleric who was entitled to the tithes of the manor of Huscarls in Beddington Parish. The cleric must once have some religious duties but these had lapsed by the end of the Middle Ages and we do not know what they were or when the Portion originated. The house is first mentioned in 1361, when the then Portioner, Adam Houghton, claimed to have rebuilt it. In the 16th century the Portion was absorbed into the Carew estates and the house became the rectory of St Mary’s church. The rectors continued to occupy the house until the late 18th century when there was a court case about the tithes. This resulted in the rector getting control of the Portion but he lost the house which was judged to be Carew property.

The Carew’s – who lived in nearby Carew Manor – let the house to tenants until about 1843 when it was demolished.

There is evidence that the late medieval house stood on the site of the 19th century one. The house is shown on two early 19th century maps, a painting and a drawing and there is some other documentary evidence but we do not know much about it. The excavation aim is to find out more.

If you want to know more about the background to the excavation read the project design which can be downloaded from the link at the top of the page.

Yesterday and today (12 and 13 August)

* Steve gets down to it * A hive of activity!

Yesterday we set the site fence, laid out the two trenches and started taking the turf off the biggest one.

Today we completed the turf removal from the big trench and started removing the top soil. We have found the tops of two walls one of which looks 18th or early 19th century and another of more uncertain date. We are not yet certain how these relate to the house.

Work continues tomorrow.

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John Phillips * Jane Howard ** Elizabeth Price

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