Archaeological Dig

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken at land off Valley Road, Weston by Welland, Northamptonshire, which is now the site of Dove Cote Close. The site lay between the medieval church of St Mary and earthwork remains believed to be associated with the medieval manor and consisted of an earthwork survey with excavation of four trial trenches.

Structural remains of medieval and post- medieval dates were recorded. A stone building of 13th century date was identified in the eastern part of the site. Evidence was recovered indicating that this structure had a Collyweston slate roof with glazed ridge tiles, making it a relatively high status building for that period. Possible stone steps leading to the building and an external cobbled surface were also identified. Although the function of the building is unknown it is likely to relate to the manor site to the north. However, it is possible that the building was a dovecote referred to in a late 18th century field-name for the site. Layers of demolition rubble that corresponded to visible earthwork platforms sealed the structural remains resulting in them being well preserved. 

A stone building of probable late medieval date was identified in the western part of the site. This structure appeared to have survived into the 19th century as part of a row of townhouses. Although its original extent, form and function were not established, it may have been associated with decorated floor tiles. This would have indicated that it was originally of relatively high status and was perhaps also connected with the manor. 

In contrast to the eastern part of the site, archaeological remains in the western area had been truncated by landscaping associated with the construction of the present bungalows at the site. 

A single soil sample was taken for analysis, which revealed an apparently low potential for palaeo-environmental remains at the site. Artifactual remains recovered during the evaluation included medieval and post- medieval pottery, animal bone and a 13th to 17th century copper alloy buckle.