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CAT Report 964: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at Writtle Mill, Chelmsford Road, Writtle, Essex, CM1 3ET: June 2016
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: June 2016
Location: the site of Writtle Mill, Chelmsford Road, Writtle, Essex, CM1 3ET
Map reference(s): TL 6867 0611 (c)
File size: 5,796 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: watermill

Summary. An archaeological evaluation was carried out on the site of the former 19th-century Writtle watermill, built c AD 1870 and demolished c AD 2000. The watermill was a brick- and tile-built rectangular building, aligned north-east to south-west, which was built as an overshot corn mill. Evaluation trenches T2-T3 were located directly on top of the site of the mill and revealed that the foundations of the building had largely survived below ground. Two of the external walls of the mill were uncovered along with the foundations for a raised ground floor, a machinery inspection-pit and, possibly, the pit for the pit-wheel. Trench T1 appears to have been located within the silted-up millstream.