An investigation lately undertaken by the writers "within
the area of this well-known earthwork, situated between Bexley and
Wilmington (National Grid Reference TQ 509719), in circumstances
previously recorded,1 resulted in the discovery of the
footings of a medieval hall flanked by two smaller buildings. The
positions of these relative to the earthworks and the two structures
revealed by previous excavators are shown on the accompanying plan (Fig.
Help has been given in this undertaking by a number of
friends among whom we are especially grateful to two of our members, Mr.
L. Dale for his sustained support and careful digging, and Mr. M. L. M.
Clinch for making the photographic record. Mr. S. E. Rigold, M.A., of
the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments has shown a kindly interest in our
work, and his colleague, Mr. G. C. Dunning, F.S.A., has furnished a
report on the pottery. Digging was permitted by the landowners, Mr. J.
Stevens and Mr. A. Seagust.
THE HALL (Fig. 2)
This was a rectangular building, 62 ft. long and 30 ft.
wide externally, with shallow footings, 1 ft. 3 in. thick, composed of
poorly mortared chalk and flints which had been robbed in most places
down to the lowest course. The superstructure had undoubtedly been of
timber and the roof tiled. Numerous fallen roof-tiles occurred on the
original floor-level which was generally about 1 ft. 2 in. below the
present surface and consisted simply of the natural sandy soil. At each
end were indications of attached outbuildings. Sufficient remained of
the internal arrangements to enable the building to be identified beyond
doubt as a hall, and the period of occupation is established by pottery
found on the floor-level and referred by expert authority to c.
The probable form of the superstructure can be inferred by
reference to standing examples of medieval timber houses. Along the
rubble footings would have rested wooden cills upon which the walls were
framed. The internal partitions were also raised off the ground in this
manner to prevent them rotting by contact with the damp soil.
Cant., LXXI, p. 233.