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Monument Number 464441

Hob Uid: 464441
Location :
Kent
Canterbury
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TR1514058120
Summary : Excavations were carried out in 1977-1978 close to the main gate of the Bendictine Priory and just behind the Norman staircase. The Roman levels were insubstantial and only an incomplete sequence was examined. A Roman courtyard flanked by beamslots dating from the early 2nd century was found. This was sealed by demolition debris of the 4th century. The most important structural remains that were found date from the mid 12th century and comprised the east wall of the vaulted undercroft of the 'Aula Nova' and the monastic drain which led from the necessarium on the south side of the Green Court to the northern city ditch. Underlying the undercroft were found the remains of late Saxon and early Norman houses and pits. Parellel to the drain on its east side was a large flint wall which is thought to be the early Priory boundary wall. The Aula Nova was used as part of King's School from 1573 and was later partly demolished in 1859 leaving only the vaulted undercroft.
More information : (TR 15145812). (1)

Excavations took place close to the main gate of the Benedictine
Priory and just behind the unique Norman staircase. Remains of
early Norman and late Saxon houses and pits were found underlying
the mid 12th century vaulted undercroft of the Almonry Hall. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
Source details : 1984 plan facing 178 (T Tatton-Brown)
Page(s) : 178
Figs. :
Plates :
Vol(s) : 100
Source Number : 2
Source : Archaeologia Cantiana : being contributions to the history and archaeology of Kent
Source details : 1977 (T Tatton-Brown)
Page(s) : 217
Figs. :
Plates :
Vol(s) : 93
Source Number : 3
Source : The archaeology of Canterbury : an assessment
Source details :
Page(s) : 76, 157
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Plates :
Vol(s) :

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Early C2
Monument End Date : 132
Monument Start Date : 100
Monument Type : Courtyard, Beam Slot
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : 11th/12th centuries
Monument End Date : 1199
Monument Start Date : 1000
Monument Type : Cess Pit, Rubbish Pit, House, Drain
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Structures built c1160
Monument End Date : 1180
Monument Start Date : 1140
Monument Type : Building, Gate, Tenement
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Earlier than c1318
Monument End Date : 1338
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Building
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : 1573
Monument End Date : 1573
Monument Start Date : 1573
Monument Type : Schoolroom, Dormitory
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Demolished building 1859
Monument End Date : 1859
Monument Start Date : 1859
Monument Type : Building
Evidence : Demolished Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : KE 281
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : KE 335
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TR 15 NE 99
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, CHRIST CHURCH PRIORY: AULA NOVA SITE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1977-01-01
End Date : 1977-12-31