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BLETSOE CASTLE, BEDFORD

1986 Watching Brief BLETSOE CASTLE

Project code: WB72.
Auspices Bedfordshire County Council

Publications :
Note Council for British Archaeology Group 9: South Midlands archaeology newsletter 17/1987/9-10

1993 Watching Brief CASTLE FARM

Site code: BCF93. Project code: WB205. Monitoring of the excavation of wall footings & service trenches did not record any features contemporary with Bletsoe Castle. Project funded by Castle Barns Bletsoe Ltd.

NMR Microfilm Index; PRN:9726.
Archive Holder National Monuments Record Centre
Director of fieldwork Drew Shotliff
Auspices Bedfordshire County Council Archaeological Service
Funding Body/Financier Developer
Finds Holder Bedford Museum
Archive Holder Bedford Museum

Publications :
Full report Bedfordshire County Council Archaeology Service [assessment & evaluation reports] Shotcliffe D et al/1993/Archaeological investigation at Bletsoe Castle Farm, Bletsoe. Report No. 93/26.

Note Council for British Archaeology Group 9: South Midlands archaeology newsletter 24/1994/9

1998 Watching Brief BLETSOE CASTLE BARNS

Monitoring of groundworks at the site. Results not yet reported.
Archive Holder Bedfordshire County Council Archaeological Service
Director of fieldwork N Shepherd
Auspices Bedfordshire County Council Archaeological Service
Funding Body/Financier Developer

Publications :
Full report Bedfordshire County Council Archaeology Service [assessment & evaluation reports] Shepherd N/1998/Bletsoe Castle Barns: archaeological watching brief.

2014 Evaluation LAND AT COPLOWE BARN

Site code: CB2227. Planning permission and Scheduled Monument Consent were granted for the construction of a detached garage and garden store at Coplowe Barn, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire. Because the development area is located within the bounds of Bletsoe Castle, a scheduled monument (SM 20409, HA 1012365), a condition was attached to the planning permission requiring the implementation of a programme of archaeological works prior to construction. Albion Archaeology was commissioned to carry out the initial stages of works - a trial trench evaluation. The trenching works revealed remains of modern activity associated with the 19th-century farm complex, of which Coplowe Barn is the only building to survive. The remains of a stone courtyard surface or an access track leading to it were revealed in Trench 1. Layers of stones in Trenches 2 and 3 were not as elaborate and are more likely to represent a spread of demolition debris, which may, as a result of use / trampling, have become a mediocre yard surface outside the farm complex. The foundations for the garden store and garage will have a limited impact on the post-1750 deposits. They will have no impact on the Saxon or medieval elements of the scheduled ancient monument. Accession no: BEDFM:2014.16. Information from OASIS Online Form.
Auspices Albion Archaeology
Director of fieldwork Marcin Koziminski
Funding Body/Financier Developer
Archive Holder Bedford Museum

Publications :
Full report Albion Archaeology [assessment & evaluation reports] Koziminski M & Oetgen J/2014/Coplowe Barn, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire: archaeological field evaluation/Report No 14/65.