A Medieval Moated Enclosure in Tempsford Park, by Anthony Maull and Andy Chapman

A Medieval Moated Enclosure in Tempsford Park, by Anthony Maull and Andy Chapman

Published by Bedfordshire Archaeology in 2005, 128 pages. Large A4 size paperback (N7626PE)

In 1999 Northamptonsire Archaeology was commissioned by the Highways agency to carry out the excavation of a known medieval moated enclosure prior to the construction of a road. This book provides a detailed record of those excavations.

From the introduction: Open area excavation was carried out on the site of a medieval moated enclosure within the grounds of Tempsford Park in advance of a new highway. There was limited evidence for prehistoric and Roman activity. More intensive occupation began in the middle Saxon period, with a series of enclosures. The late Saxon period saw the formation of an organised landscape, with ditched boundaries defining a series of rectilinear plots. Finds of pottery and other domestic artefacts indicate the nearby presence of occupied tenements. The boundary ditches were recta and realigned during two hundred years of use and, in the late 12th century, a timber aisled hall was constructed together with a possible detached kitchen range. In the early 13th century a large moated enclosure containing a timber manor house was imposed onto the existing settlement pattern. The manor house comprised a hall with a parlour/ solar range to the north and a service wing to the south, and it is presumed that the ancillary buildings lay to the east, beyond the excavated area. The building was extended and refurbished in the 14th century, and the pottery assemblage indicates that it was abandoned in the early to mid-I5th century. The buildings appear to have been systematically dismantled, and small amounts of pottery dating to the late 15th to early 16th century may relate either to picking over of the debris or continuing occupation on nearby plots. In the late 18th century the moated enclosure was taken into the parkland of Tempsford Hall, and was landscaped. At the end of the 19th century it was partially filled with brushwood, soil and domestic debris from the house. Contents include:

The Excavation
Topography and Geology
Archaeological Context
Documentary Evidence
The Excavated Evidence
Prehistoric and Roman Activity
Middle to Late Saxon Enclosures (8th century 9th century)
Late Saxon and Medieval Settlement (late 9th/early 10th century early13th century)
The Medieval Moated Manor (early/mid 13th century early 16th century)
Post-medieval Activity
The Prehistoric and Roman Finds
The Prehistoric Finds
The Roman Finds
The Saxon and Medieval Pottery
The Saxon and Medieval Finds
The Faunal and Environmental Evidence
The Faunal Remains
The Charred Plant Remains
The Molluscs
The Pollen R Scaife
The Human Bone

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and tidy, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.