Excavations by the Rev. J. C. Cox in 1912-13 were carried out prior to an addition to the chuchyard, on a piece of ground known as Alleyne's Close, which lies to the north-west of the church. Ground survey indicated a large oblong building lying east and west.
On excavation the side walls were found to around 5' thick, chiefly formed of fair-sized rubble stones. It was thought to be an outlying building of the same date as the founding of the Norman priory, and most likely was used as a barn. One or two of the stones showed traces of Saxon tooling. The only definitely moulded stone uncovered was the chamfered edge of the lowest set-off of a 14th c. butress, in situ, at the south-west angle.
The Norman building had been strengthened at that period and a kind of porch-like chamber added at the north-west corner. At the north-east corner there had also been some later additions and a white plaster flooring, mainly of gypsum was uncovered. This probably is dated to soon after the dissolution of the Austin priory. There was also a large amount of pottery uncovered which ranged in date:
1) dark and coarse prehistroric pottery
2) pseudo-Samian ware and Roman tile
3) fragments of early Saxon cinerary urns
4) late Saxon tiles
5) green-glazed Norman potter
6) early Medieval tiles
A small piece of bronze, possibly of Anglo-Saxon date, was also uncovered.
Article in serial: Cox, J. 1913. 'Excavation at Repton', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 14. p. 245-246.
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REPTON, SOUTH DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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