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.