Excavations at Oakley Road, Clapham

The Highways Agency commissioned Albion to evaluate the proposed route of the A6 Clapham Bypass. Extensive archaeological remains were identified in riverside fields immediately south of Oakley Road, near to the railway bridge. The site was excavated by Albion in 2001.

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Alan Ferguson
Bedford Castle

Trial excavations on top of the mound showed it had been built up of layers of compacted rubble. Nothing was found of the buildings which once crowned the high point of the castle, but we did get pottery dating from the late 11th century, when the castle was built. The geophysical survey showed a line running in a rough circle about 8m inside the rim of the mound. Could this be the shell keep wall, enclosing a smaller stone keep?
 

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Alan Ferguson