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BRISTOL CASTLE, CITY OF BRISTOL

1968 Excavation BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE B)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 448. Excavation in the Tower
Street/Lower Castle Street area following landscaping works. A medieval
wall was interpreted as the east curtain of the castle. Accession no:
221/1968.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1968 Excavation COCK AND BOTTLE LANE (BRISTOL CASTLE SITE B)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 452. An oblique section was cut across the motte ditch.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1968- 1970 Excavation BRISTOL CASTLE

Finds accession no: 10/1970. MSS report was an MLITT thesis from Bristol University. This is the top level parent record for Ponsford's work; see
individual site events for further detail.
RCHME Microfilm PRN: 995.
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Finds Holder City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 3/1968

Unpublished report Virtual Catalogue Entry to support E.I. Migration PONSFORD,M.W. & N.D./BRISTOL CASTLE 1948-70/

1969 Excavation BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE C)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 3287. Excavation between the line of
the former Tower Street and Lower Castle Street on the expected line of the
east curtain wall of the castle revealed the castle ditch, recut in the
Civil War period.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

1969 Excavation 2 MIDDLE TERRACE (BRISTOL CASTLE SITE D)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 488.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1970 Excavation CASTLE STREET/ST PETER'S CHURCH (SITE F)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 458. Rescue excavation. Accession no: 91/1970.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1970 Excavation NORTH SIDE CASTLE PARK (SITE H)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 476.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1970 Excavation PETER STREET

Early Medieval occupation layers were located. Accession no: 6/1971.
Bristol UAD No: 409

Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Finds Holder City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

1970 Watching Brief CASTLE GREEN

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 20. Monitoring of pipe and cable
laying in the north-west corner of the Keep revealed an early 18th century
pit containing Delft, slip- and stonewares, cut into a robber trench of the
north-west Keep tower. Accession no: 282/1970.
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Director of fieldwork R G Jackson

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 6/1971

1970 Excavation BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE G)

Bristol UAD No: 475. Excavation recorded part of the motte ditch and the postern tunnel/sally-port. Watching brief also carried out on a service trench. Accession no: 91/1970.


Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Finds Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

1970 Watching Brief CASTLE STREET EAST

Observation of trenching on Castle Green revealed the west wall of a 17th
century building with three floor levels.
City of Bristol Museums finds accession no: 135/1970
Bristol UAD No: 61 gives accession no as 132/1970.

Finds Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Director of fieldwork R G Jackson
Funding Body/Financier Ministry of Public Building and Works
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Note Post-medieval archaeology : the journal of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 5/1971/203

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE F)

Watching brief on service trench located the motte ditch,
containing later stone structures including a possible south-west gate to
the castle. Bristol UAD No: 132



Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE

Watching brief on service trench which cut the original motte ditch. The
castle ditch was traced on the west from the south-west gate to Newgate.
It was found to be over 10m deep and up to 25m wide. It cut the backfilled
motte ditch and was in turn infilled in the 17th century.
Bristol UAD No: 135.

Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE H)

Watching brief on service trench located the north-west corner of the Keep,
built into a truncated cut-off ditch originally linking the motte to the
River Frome in Newgate Street. Another wall to the north had a gate arch
and may have formed part of a precinct around the Keep.
Bristol UAD No: 134

Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (NEWGATE)

Watching brief on service trench located part of the rebuilt castle wall,
probably part of Newgate, through which a cobbled road ran to the Keep.
Bristol UAD No: 127

Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology : Group 12 (Wessex) & Group 13 (South West) : Archaeological review 5/1970/33

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE A)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 126. A service trench south of the
north side of Castle Green exposed the remains of a timber building
containing on its floor plant remains which suggested it may have served
as a stable.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (SITE K)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 131. The stub of a buff-mortared
wall (a possible ward division) was recorded below 17th century levels
in a service trench. It lay within the original motte ditch.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1971 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE (MOTTE DITCH)

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 136. Monitoring of service trenching
across the original motte ditch allowed its dimensions to be accurately
plotted as 83m north-south by 79m east-west externally; it was slightly
oval in shape.
Director of fieldwork M W Ponsford
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 15/1971

1989 Excavation BRISTOL CASTLE KEEP

Excavation & monitoring during landscaping works. Accession no: 22/1989.
Bristol UAD No: 459
Work was followed by a measured survey of the excavated remains by RCHME (Bristol UAD No: 3377).
Director of fieldwork B Williams
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Funding Body/Financier Developer
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Finds Holder City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries

Publications :
Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 10/1992/53

Full report Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 13/1996

Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 8/1989/42

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 34/1990/168

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 37/1993/246

Note Post-medieval archaeology : the journal of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 24/1990/171

Note Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 111/1993/217-218

1992- 1993 Watching Brief CASTLE PARK/PETER STREET

Excavation and monitoring during re-landscaping work. Most of the remnants encountered seemed attributable to Henry III's rebuilding of the Castle during the 1220's. Reinterred human bones were encountered which were subsequently reburied. The remains of a well, originally beyond the area of the Castle, may be those of St Edith's Well, dating from the C14th and in use until the C19th. Accession no: 16/1992
Bristol UAD No: 469
Director of fieldwork B Williams
Finds Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Auspices City of Bristol Museums and Art Galleries
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 10/1992

Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 11/1993/46

Note Medieval archaeology : journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology 38/1994/191

Note Post-medieval archaeology : the journal of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology 27/1993/223

Note Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 112/1994/197

1993 Excavation TOILET BLOCK, CASTLE PARK

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 461. Excavation to the north-west of the Castle keep, and totally within an area excavated in 1989 (Event 651811), revealed part of the bailey and its ditch. Accession no: 26/1993.
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Director of fieldwork G L Good
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1993 Evaluation CASTLE PARK

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 468. Evaluation revealed part of the south curtain wall of the castle, as well as a post-medieval cellar. Accession no: 26/1993.
Director of fieldwork K Sims
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 11/1993

1994- 1995 Watching Brief BRISTOL CASTLE

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 410. Monitoring of conservation work
to the south and west curtain walls. Accession no: 23/1996.
BaRAS Report No: BA/E260.
Director of fieldwork B Williams
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Director of fieldwork Rod Burchill
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Full report Bristol and Region Archaeological Services reports Report No BA/E260

1995 Watching Brief CASTLE PARK

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 347. Monitoring of consolidation work to the west curtain wall of the castle identified a medieval arch. Accession no: 16/1992.
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Director of fieldwork Rod Burchill
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

1996 Watching Brief VAULTED CHAMBERS, CASTLE PARK

Information from Bristol UAD; UAD No: 3161. Monitoring of building
conservation work to the Porch and North Chamber.
See Event 1314904 for later work.
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Director of fieldwork Peter Insole
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Full report Bristol and Region Archaeological Services reports Burchill R/2000/Archaeological watching brief at The Vaulted Chambers, Castle Park, Bristol/Report No 669.

2000 Desk Based Assessment THE BROADMEAD REDEVELOPMENT SITE

Assessment of the below-ground archaeological potential of the extensive area carried out in advance of proposed redevelopment. Funded by Hammerson UK Properties Ltd, Land Securities Properties Ltd & Bristol City Council.
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Archive Holder Bristol and Region Archaeological Services

Publications :
Note Bristol & Avon archaeology Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 17/2002

Full report Bristol and Region Archaeological Services reports Anon/2000/Archaeological desktop evaluation of The Broadmead Redevelopment Site, Bristol/Report No 727.

2000 Watching Brief VAULTED CHAMBERS, CASTLE PARK

Monitoring of repair and consolidation works to the modern 'kitchen area' and roof followed on from earlier work in 1996 (Event 1100513).
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Funding Body/Financier Bristol City Council
Director of fieldwork Rod Burchill
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Full report Bristol and Region Archaeological Services reports Burchill R/2000/Archaeological watching brief at The Vaulted Chambers, Castle Park, Bristol/Report No 669.

2009 Watching Brief LAND AT CASTLE PARK

Bristol HER No: 24808. Monitoring of cabling groundworks east of the Vaulted Chambers. Accession no: 2009.58. Information from OASIS Online Form.
Auspices Bristol and Region Archaeological Services
Director of fieldwork Heather Hirons
Funding Body/Financier Developer
Archive Holder Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Publications :
Full report Bristol and Region Archaeological Services reports Hirons H/2009/Archaeological watching brief of land to the east of The Vaulted Chambers, Castle Park, Bristol/Report No 2172.