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CAT Report 897: summary

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Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at the former Ridley's Brewery, Mill Lane, Hartford End, Essex: November 2015
by Ben Holloway and Howard Brooks
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: December 2015
Location: the former Ridley's Brewery, Mill Lane, Hartford End, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 6878 1747
File size: 2,149 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: prehistoric, flints, medieval, pit

Summary. A map of 1724 shows an earlier building on the site of the Victorian Ridley's Brewery. An evaluation by nine trial-trenches on the brewery site and three in arable land to the north found very little of archaeological significance. There were no traces of pre-Victorian brewery infrastructure. Apart from modern features, all that was found was a late medieval pit, and a natural pit which produced a group of prehistoric flints.