PORTIONER'S HOUSE EXCAVATION
- BEDDINGTON PARK 2012
Organised by the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society
Sunday 12th August 2012 until
Click on the link below for the proposed Design for the excavation -
The Portionerís House in Beddington Park: Design for an excavation by
Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society, 2012
Location of the dig is shown
Report 6 for 18 August 2012
The site is gradually becoming more understandable as the excavation
progresses. The south east corner of the trench seems to cover part of a
cellar which we are gradually emptying. The walls are mostly stone
although there is some brick. There is the site of steps which were been
blocked off as part of some alteration to the house. We may have the
site of the replacement steps but this is not yet clear.
I think the cellars are likely to be a 17th century addition
to the house but this is still uncertain.
We have also found several mortar floors which were once covered with
tiles. A couple of red floor tiles are still in place.
A second smaller trench has uncovered the gravel surface of yard. This
was very well made with a thick layer of gravel and a chalk foundation
under that. It looks like it was built for a tank but can never have had
more than a horse and cart on it. We found a filled trench cutting
though it. When we emptied the it we found a small brick drain. The
trench had been dug to expose this, the drain roof had been removed and
the trench filled. This seems a rather odd thing to do but the
archaeological evidence for it was fairly clear.
Work will continue for a few more days although we are now doing less
new digging and more recording.
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