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Hunstrete Grand Mansion

Hunstrete Grand Mansion

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In September 2007 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ in the grounds of Hunstrete House Hotel, Somerset (NGR 364607 162084), with the aim of finding any surviving remains of the large house built in the Palladian style on the site in the 18th century – Hunstrete Grand Mansion - and of its medieval predecessor. The Palladian house is shown on maps of 1759 and 1806-7, but was still unfinished by the 1830s, when it was sold and used as a source of building materials to restore Prior Park in Bath. No building is shown on the site on a map of 1846, although it may not have been entirely demolished until 1860. Today the only surviving upstanding remains of the Grand Mansion is a five-arched arcade or portico at the northern edge of the site, depicted in an 18th century watercolour of the northern elevation of the Mansion.
In September 2007 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ in the grounds of Hunstrete House Hotel, Somerset (NGR 364607 162084), with the aim of finding any surviving remains of the large house built in the Palladian style on the site in the 18th century – Hunstrete Grand Mansion - and of its medieval predecessor. The Palladian house is shown on maps of 1759 and 1806-7, but was still unfinished by the 1830s, when it was sold and used as a source of building materials to restore Prior Park in Bath. No building is shown on the site on a map of 1846, although it may not have been entirely demolished until 1860. Today the only surviving upstanding remains of the Grand Mansion is a five-arched arcade or portico at the northern edge of the site, depicted in an 18th century watercolour of the northern elevation of the Mansion.

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07/10/2013

 
Wessex Archaeology 
HunstreteGrandMansion,Somerset
 ArchaeologicalEvaluationand AssessmentofResults
 August 2008 Ref: 65310.01
 
Hunstrete Grand Mansion, Somerset
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Prepared on behalf of:
Videotext Communications Ltd49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONSW1 8QP
By:
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EBReport reference: 65310.01July 2008
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2008, all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
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Hunstrete Grand Mansion, Somerset
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Contents
SummaryAcknowledgements
1BACKGROUND..................................................................................................11.1Introduction................................................................................................11.2Site Location, Topography and Geology..................................................11.3Historical and Archaeological Background.............................................1
 Prehistoric (-AD 43)....................................................................................1 Romano-British (AD 43-410).......................................................................2Saxon (410-1066) and Medieval (1066-1499).............................................2 Post-medieval (1500-1799)..........................................................................3
1.4Previous Archaeological Work.................................................................42AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.................................................................................53METHODS...........................................................................................................53.1Geophysical Survey....................................................................................53.2Landscape and Earthwork Survey...........................................................53.3Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................54RESULTS.............................................................................................................64.1Introduction................................................................................................64.2Geophysical Survey....................................................................................6
 Resistance survey.........................................................................................6 GPR survey..................................................................................................7 Gradiometer Survey.....................................................................................8
4.3Landscape and Earthwork Survey...........................................................84.4Evaluation Trenches................................................................................10
 Introduction................................................................................................10Site Wide Stratigraphy...............................................................................10Trench 1 ( 
Figure 9
 )...................................................................................10Trench 3 ( 
Figures 10-13
 )..........................................................................11Trench 4 ( 
Figure 1
 )...................................................................................13Trench 5 ( 
Figure 14 
 ).................................................................................13
5FINDS.................................................................................................................135.2Structural Material..................................................................................145.3Domestic Debris........................................................................................155.4Miscellaneous objects...............................................................................165.5Conclusions...............................................................................................166PALAEO-ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMARY................................................166.1Introduction..............................................................................................166.2Charred plant remains............................................................................176.3Wood charcoal..........................................................................................176.4Land molluscs...........................................................................................176.5Small mammal and fish remains............................................................17

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