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Syon Park

Syon Park

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In May 2003 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s Time Team at Syon House, Syon Park, Hounslow, (centred on NGR 517300 176700) to locate the ground plan of the abbey church and associated precinct of the former Brigettine abbey, which occupied the site before the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. The Brigettines were a dual order serving both nuns and monks. It was also intended to establish whether the present Syon House, a Tudor mansion, was built on the foundations of the former cloister block. The work, undertaken over three days in May 2003, comprised a geophysical survey and eight machinedug trial trenches located across the site.
The archaeological evaluation was successful in achieving the aims and objectives of the project. The geophysical survey produced results of sufficient clarity to enable an interpretative plan of part of the Brigittine abbey to be proposed. The eight trenches demonstrated the validity of much of the geophysical survey results and provided detail on the location, layout and extent of the abbey church, and the location of a possible cloister to the south, along with other monastic buildings.
The excavation has also provided detail on the construction and development of the abbey church and its internal layout, particularly in relation to a series of pier bases within the abbey church.
In May 2003 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s Time Team at Syon House, Syon Park, Hounslow, (centred on NGR 517300 176700) to locate the ground plan of the abbey church and associated precinct of the former Brigettine abbey, which occupied the site before the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. The Brigettines were a dual order serving both nuns and monks. It was also intended to establish whether the present Syon House, a Tudor mansion, was built on the foundations of the former cloister block. The work, undertaken over three days in May 2003, comprised a geophysical survey and eight machinedug trial trenches located across the site.
The archaeological evaluation was successful in achieving the aims and objectives of the project. The geophysical survey produced results of sufficient clarity to enable an interpretative plan of part of the Brigittine abbey to be proposed. The eight trenches demonstrated the validity of much of the geophysical survey results and provided detail on the location, layout and extent of the abbey church, and the location of a possible cloister to the south, along with other monastic buildings.
The excavation has also provided detail on the construction and development of the abbey church and its internal layout, particularly in relation to a series of pier bases within the abbey church.

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Syon House, Syon ParkHounslow
October 2003
 An Archaeological Evaluation of a Bridgettine Abbeyand an Assessment of the ResultsRef: 52568.05
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SYON HOUSE, SYON PARK, HOUNSLOW
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF A BRIDGETTINE ABBEYANDAN ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS
Document Ref. 52568.05October 2003
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Videotext Communications Ltd49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONSW1 8QP
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Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EB
© Copyright The Trust for Wessex Archaeology Limited 2003, all rights reserved The Trust for Wessex Archaeology Limited, Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
SYON HOUSE, SYON PARK, HOUNSLOW
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF A BRIDGETTINE ABBEYANDAN ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS
Contents
Summary.................................................................................................................4Acknowledgements.................................................................................................51 BACKGROUND...........................................................................................61.1 Description of the site....................................................................................61.2 Previous archaeological work .....................................................................102 METHODS..................................................................................................112.1 Introduction..................................................................................................112.2 Aims and objectives.....................................................................................112.3 Fieldwork methods.......................................................................................123 RESULTS....................................................................................................133.1 Introduction..................................................................................................133.2 Geophysical survey......................................................................................133.3 Archaeological evaluation............................................................................133.4 Phase 1: The abbey church...........................................................................143.5 Phase 1: South of the abbey church.............................................................153.6 Phase 2: The Dissolution..............................................................................173.7 Phase 3: The formal garden.........................................................................184 FINDS..........................................................................................................184.1 Introduction..................................................................................................194.2 Pottery .........................................................................................................194.3 Ceramic building material............................................................................194.4 Stone ...........................................................................................................204.5 Worked flint.................................................................................................204.6 Glass ............................................................................................................204.7 Wall plaster..................................................................................................204.8 Metalwork....................................................................................................204.9 Worked bone................................................................................................224.10 Human bone.................................................................................................224.11 Animal bone.................................................................................................224.12 Marine shell..................................................................................................23
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