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CAT Report 1879: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on land at Cox’s Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2QH:November-December 2022
by Dr Elliott Hicks

Date report completed: December 2022
Location: Cox’s Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2QH
Map reference(s): TL 75588 23249
File size: 5211 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (3 trial-trenches) was carried out on land at Cox’s Yard, Rayne Road, Braintree, Essex in advance of the construction of a new residential development. The site lies within the historic core of Braintree, a town which has its origins in the Roman period, and previous archaeological investigations in the vicinity have uncovered substantial Roman occupation remains, along with deposits of medieval and post-medieval date. Despite lying in an archaeologically-sensitive area, the only remains uncovered were a possible cellar of modern date and a modern wall, both of which represent part of a building depicted on late 19th-century mapping of the area, as well as a modern foundation and two modern pits.