tiles or other fire-proof material, but its purpose cannot be determined
A group of rather fragmentary post-settings occurred on the
S.E. side and it is thought that they may have supported a bench or
something similar. Another occurred in the floor of the supposed buttery
in the east corner.
Outbuilding 1 had its entrance at the S.W. end where there
was a corresponding break in the low bank. One wall was continued beyond
the length of the narrow building in a manner suggesting a porch, open
on two sides, covering the entrance. No tiles were found in association
with this outbuilding and it may therefore have been thatched. There was
an entire absence of pottery or other domestic rubbish on the floor and
the place may well have been a cattle byre or stable.
Outbuilding 2 had substantial chalk footings and was
apparently open on one side. The sandy floor contained domestic rubbish,
such as bones, oyster shells, potsherds and an iron door-bolt, for a
depth of about a foot. There was also a very large flint nodule set in
the floor. We were unable to excavate the area S.E. of this point but
the accumulation of rubbish referred to suggested that the kitchen was
situated hereabouts. Immediately to the N.E. there were some fragmentary
footings which we were unfortunately prevented from exploring fully. A
few pieces of medieval painted glass were found during their partial
Two spreads of rammed chalk outside the northern angle of
the hall may have been remains of the floor of an attached structure of
such flimsy construction that no other indications had survived.
During Mr. A. H. A. Hogg's survey in 1934 (Arch. Cant.,
LTV, 10-27) he observed two fragments of walls exposed in the sides
of a modern rubbish pit, from which he inferred the existence of an
undiscovered building at this point. The correctness of this was proved
when we came to excavate the adjoining area and revealed the footings of
a rectangular structure measuring externally 29 by 16 ft. Gaps in the
north and west walls marked the original positions of Hogg's two
fragments which had collapsed into the pit during the last twenty years
and become covered by further accumulations of rubbish.
The footings were well constructed of roughly squared and
mortared chalk blocks, evidently intended to support a timber building.
Most of the original floor had been destroyed by the pit but the east
end was fairly intact and the footings at the N.E. corner were
particularly well preserved, the walls being 9 in. thick and 1 ft. high.
In the east end