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Queen Edith Public House. An Archaeological Desktop Assessment.

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This archaeological desk based assessment was commissioned on behalf of Dominic Fryer of Danescroft Commercial Developments to assess the potential impact of a proposed development area (Planning Application 12/1616/FUL) of 2276m2 on the site of the Queen Edith’s Public House, Wulfston Way, Cambridge (TL 472 558). Set within a suburban area the proposed development is within an area surrounded by known archaeology of prehistoric to medieval date, but otherwise with little previous investigation within the vicinity of the proposed development itself. Certainly by the medieval period the area is common land and marsh under the ownership of St. Thomas’s Hospital, London. The long-term environmental history of the proposed development area is unknown. The land was drained in the late 19th century and remained arable pasture until its development in the late 1960s. Wartime defences in 1940 impacted the area, with the GHQ anti-tank ditch passing directly through the proposed development. It is within this framework of previous and current land use and known archaeology that further evidence of past human activity is likely to be encountered within the proposed development area, especially those areas that have remained largely undisturbed by building foundations and services.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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