Keynsham Town Hall Redevelopment Project

BaRAS are currently excavating a site in central Keynsham on the corner of Temple Street and Bath Hill before redevelopment commences. Project Officer Lynn Hume and her team are looking for evidence of medieval and later occupation as the area lies just south of the old market place. Building plots along the street frontages, some with cellars, have already been found. Stone quarrying and the discovery of a possible limekiln hints at previously unsuspected, small-scale industries within the town centre.

A watching brief will follow the completion of our work. Bath and North East Somerset Council are providing the funding.

aerial view of the excavation site at Keynsham

General view over the site, looking north-west. Areas A & B are currently being excavated, while Area C was a ’strip and clean’ exercise

archaeological excavation of a cesspit at keynsham

A well-constructed cesspit in Area C, added to an existing building on the left

an early post-medieval oven revealed during the archaeological excavation at keynshamm

An early post-medieval oven in Area A, looking north-east

archaeologist cleaning a wall face uncovered during the excavation at keynsham

Work proceeding in Area A with the cleaning of a wall face

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