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Title:Excavations at Rackfield Lane, Barnstaple, 1987
Originator:Lovatt, A. M. + Lee, E. S.
Summary:Excavation in 1987 by NDDC RAU revealed a large tank or sunken courtyard terraced into natural clay. This consisted of a stone wall or lining on the southern edge, with a large area of well laid cobbles to the north. A gutter ran along s edge, and the cobbles had a camber that suggested that they were intended to drain easily. The full extent of the feature was revealed by machining: it extended east almost to the edge of Area A, and west for a similar distance. The nrthern edge of the cobbles was bordered by a brick wall, surviving only as a footing. Eight postholes were cut into the cobbles, and may have been part of the original construction. Two groups of 3 postholes to the west and east appear to be later additions and may be rebuilds of the same east-west line. Another posthole contained the waterlogged remains of a large wooden rectangular section post.

Associated Monuments (6)

MDV58915Medieval Courtyard, Rackfield Lane, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV4488Priory of St Mary Magdalene, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV20768Rackfield Tannery, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV58919Ropewalk, Rackfield Lane (Monument)
MDV58920Tanpit at Rackfield Tannery, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV882Town Mills, Barnstaple (Building)