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Test pit 51: 3 Bedford Street

Introduction: One of a series of test pits excavated in the Iffley Fields area during 2012/13.  Test pits were excavated in order to locate a spread of prehistoric activity said to have been found in this area by A.M.Bell in the late 19th/20th century.  The site is located towards the top of a gentle East to West slope overlooking the Thames flood plain (see figure 2).  The Bedford Street area was open fields until c.1900 (see figure 3).

Excavation summary: Three deposits were encountered, a relatively thick deposit of topsoil/garden soil (001), a layer of probable 19C plough soil overlying natural deposits.  In addition to post-medieval/modern finds 3 pieces of prehistoric worked flint were recovered.

Test pit 51 report