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CAT Report 747: summary

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Archaeological trial-trenching evaluation at Down Hall Residential Home, Down Hall Road, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex - January 2014
by Ben Holloway
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: January 2014
Location: Down Hall Residential Home, Down Hall Road, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex
Map reference(s): TM 0031 0744
File size: 1,543 kb
Project type: Archaeological trial-trenching evaluation
Significance of the results: negative
Keywords: -

Summary. Down Hall is a Domesday manorial site on the northern edge of the historic settlement of Bradwell-on-Sea. The proposed development site is a rectangular area in the landscaped grounds of Down Hall. Five evaluation trenches (total length, 80m) were positioned within the footprint a terrace of six new units and a pair of linked care units. There were four archaeological features: post-medieval/modern pits and a ditch. All were associated with the landscaping of the Down Hall grounds. There was no evidence of buildings connected with an earlier medieval manorial hall or the later Tudor hall.