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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Salvage Excavation at Edenbridge.
by Mrs V Brown and E Mynott.

During February 1973 the Edenbridge and District Historical Society combined forces with the West Kent Border Archaeological Group to undertake a small salvage excavation on open land to the west of St Lawrences Church, Edenbridge. The help and kindly co-operation of Father Flood is gratefully acknowledged.

A Roman coin had been found in this area at 27 Stangrove Road (Archaeologia Cantiana Volume 76 (1961), pages 202-4) and thus provoked local interest. In 1971 a local school teacher and some children conducted an excavation with the intention of establishing the area as a definite site. The results were not published, except in the local press, and rumours of the discoveries included a courtyard, wall, kiln and iron-smelting works. The trenches were left open and the teacher concerned has since gone abroad.

The 1973 excavation aimed at trying to salvage what information was left in the ground. Nothing relating to the rumoured structures was found. An area of sandstone rubble was, however, recorded and this may represent a farm-track running alongside the stream. It seems probable that this was laid down in the 18th or 19th centuries. Sometime after the middle of the 19th century a land-drain was laid east-west across the area and this cut through the rubble track to flow into the stream. A substantial stone-built culvert was then constructed to carry the water under the track and the track then repaired. Nothing of Roman date was found. The site was back-filled and restored.

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