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CHER Number:13039
Type of record:Monument
Name:Clunch quarries, Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School

Summary

An evaluation revealed evidence for clunch quarries, possibly dating as far back as the Roman period. Worked clunch pieces were found, suggesting it quarried for use nearby, either during the Roman or Medieval periods.

Grid Reference:TL 555 623
Parish:Swaffham Bulbeck, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • QUARRY (Roman to 19th century - 43 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Associated Finds:

  • WORKED OBJECT (Undated)

Associated Events:

  • Evaluation at Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School, 1997 (Ref: SWA BPS 98)

Full description

1. An evaluation revealed that quarrying for clunch took place in the past. Roman finds from one of the quarries suggests a possible earliest date in the Roman period. Worked clunch pieces found suggests the clunch was quarried for use nearby, perhaps in a substantial Roman building, although it may be much later. The 13th C church and parts of the school buildings and village hall are examples of later buildings that have clunch in their construction. Other undated possible structural features were also encountered.


<1> Connor, A., 1998, Possible Roman clunch quarries at Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School. An archaeological evaluation (Unpublished report). SCB17181.

Sources and further reading

<1>Unpublished report: Connor, A.. 1998. Possible Roman clunch quarries at Swaffham Bulbeck Primary School. An archaeological evaluation.