Land at Smeeton Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire. Archaeological Evaluation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-250636)

Cotswold Archaeology, 2018

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Introduction

Land at Smeeton Road, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire. Archaeological Evaluation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-250636)

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology in October 2015 on land at Smeeton Road, Kibworth, Beauchamp, Leicestershire. The work was carried out in order to inform a planning application for residential development of the site. The fieldwork comprised the excavation of six trenches. Archaeological interest in the site derives from it's location within Kibworth Beauchamp's historic core. Archaeological investigations undertaken to the immediate east of the site have revealed activity dating to 10th-12th centuries, believed to be peripheral to the main medieval settlement located to the north.

The archaeological evaluation recorded evidence for medieval activity within the north-eastern part of the site in the form of two boundary ditches. The evaluation also recorded a series of late post-medieval and modern plot boundaries/drainage ditches, some of which are depicted on 20th-century cartographic sources. A modern pit and an undated posthole were also identified. The features identified during the evaluation are broadly contemporary with those identified during excavation and evaluation to the immediate east of the site, which were interpreted as the remains of enclosures and boundary features associated with medieval and post-medieval properties fronting onto the High Street.