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ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION AT HONEYWOOD - AN OVERVIEW
Saturday 10th July to Sunday 18th July 2010
John Phillips

The rectangular pond looking south east after it had been cleared in the mid-1990s. The entrance to the culvert under the lawn background centre

In the summer of 2010 the Carshalton and District History and Archaeology Society, the Friends of Honeywood Museum and Sutton Museum and Heritage Service carried out and excavation in the back garden of Honeywood.

They were aiming for an examination of a pond in the northwest corner of the back garden of Honeywood and the location of two former plant beds.

The pond has clearly had a complex history and parts appear to go back to at least the eighteenth century. However, the structure was something of a mystery as its shape and function were unclear. We hope to learn more.

There are plans to restore the garden at Honeywood to its Edwardian form. Many of the plant beds and structures still survive for this period. However two plant beds on the north side of the garden have gone and are only known form old and indistinct air photos.

The revised trench plan

The hope was to more clearly define the position of these beds so that we have a basis for restoration.

There were three other aims which were given a lower priority:

1. The date of a house called Wandle Lodge which stood on the land behind Honeywood next to Pound Street

2. The origin of Margaretís Pool at the corner of West Street and Pound Street

3. The origin and purpose of a building which stood near the spill way from Margaretís Pool

If you want to know more read the research design PDF 883kb.

The excavation started on Saturday 10 July. It was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday the 10 and 11 July then Wednesday to Sunday 14- 18 July
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DIARY

Saturday 10th July Sunday 11th July Monday 12th July
DAY 1 REPORT DAY 2 REPORT DAY 3 REPORT
     
Tuesday 13th July Wednesday 14th July Thursday 15th July
DAY 4 REPORT DAY 5 REPORT DAY 6 REPORT
     
Friday 16th July Saturday 17th July Sunday 18th July
DAY 7 REPORT DAY 8 REPORT DAY 9 REPORT
     
Sunday 25th July Saturday 31st July Sunday 1st August
DAY 10 REPORT DAY 11 REPORT DAY 12 REPORT
     
Saturday 14th August Sunday 22nd August Sunday 29th August
DAY 13 REPORT DAY 14 REPORT DAY 15 REPORT

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