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Greywell Surveys, 2012 & 2014.

In July 2011, during the CBA Festival of Archaeology fortnight, a guided walk was organised by NEHHAS around Greywell village. A number of members of BARG, Berkshire Archaeology Research Group took part in the walk which jointly raised interest in features observed in 'Walk Meadow' close to Greywell Street. Subsequent examination of an aerial photograph of Walk Meadow showed distinct rectilinear parch marks and documentary research revealed historical evidence for a Manor House having been sited in that area.

In July of the following year, 2012, Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) and North East Hampshire Historical and Archaeological Society (NEHHAS) carried out geophysical surveys in Walk Meadow. A report was written and compiled by Brita Sensicall (BARG) and Tony Wright (NEHHAS).

resistance survey map

The surveys undertaken were resistivity, magnetometry (of the some of the anomalies found in the resistivity survey) and a topographical survey.

The resistivity survey (in map form, shown here) revealed more than the magnetometry and identified anomalies that can be interpreted as a formal garden. The topographical survey re-inforced this interpretation.

A formal or parterre garden is most likely and there would probably have been a Manor House in the vicinity that overlooked it. The site for the Manor House remains elusive but is now thought to have been to the west of the garden. As a clue there are a couple of courses of Tudor bricks lining part of the meadow alongside Greywell Street.

Survey carried out in June 2014.

A second joint NEHHAS and BARG survey was carried out in June 2014 of the adjacent field Beverton Meadow next to the church. There was the possibility that the original village was sited here and had subsequently been abandoned.

The results of this second survey were also written up in a report. However the interpretation of features is not so easy. A couple of tracks/paths were identified but no clear outlines of dwellings were revealed.

Recommendations for further work include:
a non-destructive Ground Penetrating Radar survey of both meadows.
undertake an auguring programme to identify features an stratigraphy.
the digging of some test pits to prove or disprove the survey interpretations.

Any further work is entirely dependant upon the landowners, who have in the past shown interest. Since both meadows are used for grazing the work would have to be done in sections.


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