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Stapleford 2015

Stapleford Community 2015 test pit location map

Stapleford Community 2015 test pit pottery report


Two test pitting events were undertaken in 2015 by member of Stapleford History Society in both May and September, when a total of eight one metre square archaeological test pits were excavated through the central portion of the village, which also fitted around those excavated in previous years and brought the current total number of test pits in Stapleford to 21.

A second area of Late Anglo Saxon activity was identifed in 2015 to the west of the 2014 site (STA/15/5) that both hint at activity through the central areas of the current village. The medieval activity recorded expanded on what was found in previous years with the majority of the settlement at that time between Bar Lane in the east and Church Street in the west. For the first time however, additional medieval pottery was recorded in the south of the village and to the south of Bury Road that may have been the location for an isolated farmstead or similar building. The village contracted greatly during the later medieval, due to the various socio-economic upheavals of the 14th century, including the Black Death, but the village seemed to slowly recover during the post medieval, although it remained small. The majority of the village seen today is 20th century and later infilling.