Modern farm

The current farm buildings are what remains of a mixed farm that over a number of years reduced its landholding and therefore its viability. The estate that at one point comprised 125 acres was sold off in parts, firstly for gravel extraction and then for construction of the large warehouses to the west of the site.

During the 1950s to 1980s many temporary agricultural structures such as corrugated steel and asbestos barns and four circular grain silos were erected.

These have been recorded and removed to create space for the new countywide Archaeological Archive Resource Centre.

The nature of farming undertaken has changed over the years and buildings have been reused repeatedly. If you look at the walls of some of the buildings, you will see blocked doors and windows as the uses to which the farmer wanted to put them changed. The lower courtyard, for example, had workers cottages in it some of which were converted into garages in the twentieth century.
The land around the farm was used for a mixture of pasture for castle and ploughing for cereals.

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about 2 months ago

Steve on Twitter

We did find a barn owl here when we started work, so we had to stop! Now owl boxes have been provided, so hopefully he is settled into a new home. #na...

We did find a barn owl here when we started work, so we had to stop! Now owl boxes have been provided, so hopefully he is settled into a new home. #na...
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about 2 months ago

BSH on Twitter

We stand corrected about the sundial by the knowledgeable #volunteer who provided the photo. And we apologise for being too quick to assume the old te...

We stand corrected about the sundial by the knowledgeable #volunteer who provided the photo. And we apologise for being too quick to assume the old te...
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about 3 months ago

Tim Allen on Twitter

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb
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