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The Leys and Littlemore

Test Pit 29 East Minchery Farm

East Minchery Farm Allotments

A test pit was dug on East Minchery Farm allotments, close to the railway, with Lex Francis and a group of school students from Blackbird Leys

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Test Pit 26 - Long Lane Littlemore

Long Ln, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4, UK

A test pit was dug in the back garden of a semi-detached house built in the 1930's. Prior to this the site was used for agriculture, including use as an apple orchard, and neighbouring gardens still retain old apple trees. The pottery finds demonstrate activity, but not necessarily occupation, during the medieval period.

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Test Pit 27 - Long Lane, Littlemore

27 Long Ln, Littlemore, Oxfordshire OX4 3, UK

 A test pit was dug in the lawn of a garden in Long Lane, Littlemore.  A large number of finds were recovered, including modern to possiby Roman pottery.

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Test Pit 24 - The Manor House, Littlemore

Sandford Rd, Oxford OX4 4PU, UK

 The site of the test pit was the Manor House in Littlemore, Oxford.  The building was constructed in 1530 and would have been at the heart of the western centre of the bifocal settlement of Littlemore. 

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Test Pit 25 - Littlemore Village Hall

Littlemore, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 4NL, UK

A test pit was dug in the back garden of Littlemore village hall.  

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Test Pit 07 - Greater Leys Area

Frys Hill, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX4 7GW, UK

The remains of an internationally important Romano-British pottery industry, including kilns, were discovered before the building of the Greater Leys housing estate - within yards of this test pit.    The present house and garden have existed on the site for only 15 years; before that, no known maps show any buildings. All the existing evidence suggests the land had been used for agriculture. The earliest buildings shown in the vicinity on Ordnance Survey maps seem to be associated with the Blackford Leys farm/hamlet.

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