Pleshey – more news
Since 2013 MAS have been involved in a series of archaeological monitoring projects within the ancient village of Pleshey, in Essex.
The village of Pleshey has a diverse archaeological record, spanning from the prehistoric to the post-medieval periods and later. Much of this has been recorded over the years by chance discoveries, research projects, stray finds and during, or ahead of, development. The village also has many fine listed buildings, some dating back to the 15th century, while the 11th century town enclosure earthwork and castle, which are scheduled monuments, dominate the settlement area.
The projects undertaken by MAS at Tyle Barn and Beckets, as well as our current project at Ladystiles, were at the request of the local planning authority. This was because they lay within the curtilage of the earthwork enclosure, close to its western limit within the village. The Tyle Barn monitoring produced no significant archaeological finds or features, although our investigations at Beckets recorded a re-deposited soil believed to represent the spoil originally excavated out during the construction of the town enclosure in the 11th century.