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CAT Report 2004: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at The Crown Inn, Church Street, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire: November 2023
by Ben Holloway
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley and Alec Wade)

Date report completed: November 2023
Location: The Crown Inn, Church Street, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Map reference(s): TL6328 7081 (centre)
File size: 5409 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (four trial-trenches) was carried out at The Crown Inn, 14 Church Street, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire in advance of the construction of new residential dwellings. The Crown Inn site is located within an archaeologically sensitive area, in the historic core of the settlement of Fordham. Thirteen pits and post-holes were identified during the evaluation, eight of post-medieval/modern date with the rest likely to be contemporary, and all probably associated with activity in and around the Crown Inn which dates from the 16th century. There was no evidence to suggest that Saxon settlement activity identified during excavations at Fordham CofE Primary School to the east of the investigation area continued into the development site.