Projects


Oakford Archaeology carried out an archaeological building survey and watching brief between February and December 2016 at No 40 The Strand, Topsham, Devon. It is an important, if unconventional, historic house lying on the east side of a number of historic wharfs and quays on the Strand. The large size and architectural features of the property reflect a large and prosperous mercantile establishment in the 17th to the 18th centuries,...

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In June 2015 Oakford Archaeology carried out an Historical building survey to assess the significance of the farm buildings at Maker Farm, Rame Peninsula, Cornwall. The development of the farm buildings displays the complex history of enlargement and alterations of an early 19th century farm. The earliest buildings, one of which has been demolished, were set around a farmyard to the south of the house. The eastern barn was probably...

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A phased programme of heritage consultancy and archaeological works, including historic building recording, desk-based research, evaluation, excavation and monitoring and recording, is being undertaken by Oakford Archaeology since December 2016 at Halswell House, Goathurst, Somerset for Thread Architects on behalf of Mr Edward Strachan. The archaeological consultancy and fieldwork programme is part of an extensive programme of...

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Between January and May 2017 Oakford Archaeology carried out an archaeological building survey on the Grade II Listed farmhouse at Abbotsham, Brushford, Devon. The house was originally built as a double-depth plan house in the early 18th century, exemplifying a new type of farmhouse, sometimes called the ‘Georgian Farmhouse’, which appears in Devon by the beginning of the 18th century. The presence of re-used timbers within the...

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In 2014 North Somerset District Council required that a programme of archaeological desk-based assessment and geophysical survey be undertaken at Bleadon Hill, Somerset, in order to place the site in its archaeological context, and to provide an indication of archaeological issues relating to a forthcoming planning application for residential development. The desk-based assessment highlighted that the site was located in an area of...

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Oakford Archaeology have undertaken a community evaluation, funded through the Dartmoor National Park Authority Moor than meets the Eye project, on the site of a suspected medieval manor house at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon since 2012. As part of the community involvement the Oakford Archaeology field archaeologists undertaking the work have supervised up to thirty volunteers each day, in addition to providing guided tours of the...

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Following the discovery of three grave slabs during the installation of a new under-floor heating system at the Grade I listed church of St Peter’s, West Knighton, Dorset, Oakford Archaeology were commissioned by Mark Richmond Architects and Sally Strachey Historic Conservation to record the finds. The site visit recorded two previously unrecorded brass indents on a single slab of purbeck marble located in the south chapel. Although...

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In early 2015 Oakford Archaeology was commissioned to undertake an archaeological watching brief on a small housing development at No. 4 Northcote Lane, Honiton, Devon. The site was located on the northern edge of the historic town. Little is known of Honiton prior to the Saxon period when it probably formed part of a great estate centred on Axminster. It isn’t until the early 13th century that a new borough was founded by William de...

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In 2012 Oakford Archaeology was commissioned to undertake an archaeological watching brief at Heath Cottage, a grade II Listed building in Bridford, Devon, dating to the 17th century. The removal of concrete floors exposed elements of an earlier cobbled surface in the cross passage and the corridor leading to the parlour. Further areas of cobbled surface survived in the present toilet, while some cobbling survived in the living room...

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During the summer of 2014 Oakford Archaeology investigated a 17th century barn within the core of the historic town of Topsham, Devon. The building recording and investigations were intended to record and analyse the building and assess its significance. The barn was probably first constructed in the early 17th century as a threshing barn with opposed doorways, subsequently undergoing a number of renovations and alterations. The most...

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