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The Old Vicarage, Thompson's Lane, Cambridge: An Archaeological Watching Brief.

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Newman, Richard 


An archaeological watching brief was undertaken at the Old Vicarage - situated on Thompson's Lane, to the rear of St Clement's Church, Cambridge - on the 7th of March 2011. Remains dating from the medieval to modern periods were identified at the site. In the first instance, a sequence of yard surfaces was present, interspersed with periods of backyard horticultural activity. These layers dated from the 13th to 15th centuries. Subsequently, a made-ground deposit was introduced. This may have been associated with building work undertaken at the nearby church during the 16th century, or the construction of the Old Vicarage itself in the late 16th/early 17th century. Most significantly of all, however, a minimum of three mid to late 18th century burials were present. One of these individuals had been encoffined, and a second had been interred within a coffin-shaped grave. Notably, these burials were all oriented north-south. Furthermore, they do not appear to have been situated within the bounds of the medieval churchyard, as no earlier burials were present. Therefore, they most probably relate to a brief period of cemetery expansion, perhaps precipitated by the construction of a new chancel at St Clement's Church. The churchyard appears to have rapidly returned to its former size, however, as no additional phase of burial was undertaken within the investigated area.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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