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Thames Valley Archaeological Services Occasional Paper 2

Medieval Boundaries and an Early Post-Medieval Manor House at Beeches Manor, Reading Road, Wokingham

by James Lewis and Steve Preston

Occasional Paper 2 cover

Excavations on the site of Beeches Manor revealed evidence for medieval, early post-medieval, and 19th–20th century occupation. The medieval occupation is represented only by enclosure ditches and a pit, over a time span which the pottery chronology is unable to help refine between the 11th and 15th centuries. A substantial house on the site, perhaps dating from the early 17th century, is known to have formed the core of a building destroyed by fire in 1961. This may be supposed to have been built by alderman John Whitlock, who owned the manor at least by 1628. Cartographic evidence from the 18th and early 19th century shows a larger complex of buildings on the site which included a brewhouse.

The central portion of this house survived while the remainder of the complex was comprehensively demolished between 1817 and 1830. The core of the house was then extended and the gardens were re-landscaped either at the same time or at least prior to 1909., to include a sunken lawn, a pond and several outbuildings, greenhouses and cisterns/wells.

A4 soft cover, 26pp, illustrated throughout including 11 colour plates.

ISBN 978-0-9561974-8-1

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Occasional Papers

Newest Papers: Our latest additions to the TVAS Occasional Paper series

Occasional Paper 1: Medieval Occupation at RAF Quedgeley, Gloucestershire

Occasional Paper 2: Medieval Boundaries and an Early Post-Medieval Manor House at Beeches Manor, Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 3: Middle Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Post-Medieval Limekilns at RAF Staff College, Broad Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 4: Medieval Occupation in Marston, Oxford

Occasional Paper 5: Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Roman Fields at Lidsey Landfill, Woodgate, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 6: Medieval Haddenham, Buckinghamshire: Excavations at Townsend and Fort End, 2011 and 2013

Occasional Paper 7: Medieval Settlement at Oak Farm, Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire: Excavation in 2012

Occasional Paper 8: Roman and Medieval Occupation at The Former Worcester City Football Club, St George's Lane, Worcester

Occasional Paper 9: Middle/Later Bronze Age Occupation at Manor Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 10: Excavation of Medieval Occupation at Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 11: Medieval and Post-Medieval Occupation at 47 Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Occasional Paper 12: A Middle Bronze Age Pit Circle and Field System, and Roman Settlement at Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire

Occasional Paper 13: The Archaeology of four Pipelines in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire