2012 - 2013

Woodspring Priory

<b>Woodspring Priory</b>

Woodspring Priory

In May 2013 we stewarded at Woodspring priory for Open Weekend. We also took advantage of the warm, dry weather to open a test pit in my garden. This has taken longer than expected and has remained open during the winter for completion in the Spring.

In July we led a walk on Worlebury Iron Age Hillfort for the CBA Festival of Archaeology. This was well supported by both the public and WANHS members.

<b>A drawing of the Woodspring Seal</b>

A drawing of the Woodspring Seal

The survey at Woodspring Priory was undertaken during the period June to August 2012 by teams from YCCCART and WESMART using a Bartington 601 gradiometer and Geoscan RM15 resistivity meter.

Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham and Cleeve Archaeological Research Team (YCCCART) and Weston Super Mare Archaeological Research Team (WESMART) are two of a number of a number of Community Archaeology teams across North Somerset, supported by the North Somerset Council Development Management Team.

The objective of the Community Archaeology in North Somerset (CANS) teams is to carry out archaeological fieldwork, for the purpose of recording, and better understanding and management of, the heritage of North Somerset.

Vince Russett, North Somerset County Archaeologist, instigated geophysical surveys at Woodspring Priory mainly to establish if there any further buildings around the current standing ones, other than the ones known. Resistivity surveys in particular exceeded expectations and revealed a number of previously unknown features, one associated with the spring in the orchard fronting the priory.

Survey objectives

1. To establish if there any further buildings around the current standing ones, other than the ones known.
2. To define the (vaguely) known buildings to the south of the currently standing ones.
3. To investigate why there are two different alignments in the buildings (Farmhouse /infirmary /building 9 /the barn forming one group, and the rest the other), something also seen at (for example) Congresbury minster church and its supporting buildings
4. To identify the layout of any medieval and post-medieval gardens in the orchard.
5. To clarify the nature of the apparent moated site in the approach field to the precinct.
6. To attempt to identify the burial area at the site.
7. To try to identify any new structures relating to the use of the site as a hospital for maimed soldiers in the post-medieval period.
8. To check for any traces of the known Doomsday settlement at the site
9. To attempt to confirm the area occupied by the fish ponds.

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