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Archaeological Excavations at Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridgeshire 1992


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Gdaniec, Kasia 

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An archaeological excavation was conducted in the meadow to the southeast of Magingley Hall (NGR 3926 6043). Substantive settlement evidence dating from Saxon times was discovered. Ditches, probably tofts or field boundaries, containing significant quantities of Mid-Saxon to Medieval pottery were excavated. Major changes in land use were observed following the acquisition of this former village land and construction of Madingley Hall and its grounds in the mid-sixteenth century. The development and subsequent destruction of the western arm of the village could be identified. Landscaping occurred again in the mid-eighteenth century when Capability Brown designed a new layout for the gardens to the north and east of the Hall, consequently preserving as earthworks the remains of the former houses and garden plots of the once thriving west street of Madingley village.

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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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