Background to the 2013 excavation
There was a cellar in the southeast corner of the trench to which a passage had been added to provide access from the eighteenth century extension. Cellars were not common in medieval houses but were often added in the seventeenth century and it is likely that the Portionary cellar conforms to this pattern.
The demolition rubble included a small quantity of moulded and painted plaster, rough cast, cement render, Reigate stone, floor tile, broken wine bottles set in mortar and other material which throws light on the history and state of building.
What we plan for this year
The oldest part of the house seems to have been at the front (Croydon Road) side which was mostly outside the 2012 trench. We therefore plan to dig a large new trench 6m by 9m on the south side of last years main trench. We aim to excavating the 19th century demolition deposits and expose the foundations of the earlier building. We hope that this will produce more information on the early history of the house.The excavation will start on Sunday 14 July and we expect that it will continue for one to two weeks. Spectators are welcome. There probably wonít be much to see in the first couple of days but hopefully things will then get interesting.
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