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Trial testing on the site found that the stratigraphy was much deeper than had been expected and revealed evidence of infilling of a waterlogged area. Evidence of possible refuse or tanning pits was found at the base of one of the trenches. Map research would corroborate the findings of the test trenching, strongly suggesting that this area was encroached by the Poddle River or subject to flooding. Thus this particular area of the site, or most of it, does not appear to have been built on till it was reclaimed in the early/mid 18th century. Apart from some post-medieval pottery, there were no finds. Previous archaeological testing and excavation in the area has revealed evidence of pits, including rubbish pits and tanning pits and it is possible that these may be found cut into the subsoil.

The school building will be supported by ground beams and piles. The ground beams will be situated about 1.8m above natural and cut features, while the drain should similarly be 1.3m above natural. Archaeological impact is restricted to a number of pits 0.625m x 0.65m and to the lift shaft which is approximately 2m x 2m. Archaeological monitoring of the development and resolution of any features found was recommended.

Map: Rocque's map of 1756.



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