Longfield Place, Plymouth, Devon. Archaeological Evaluation and Mitigation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-317899)

Cotswold Archaeology, 2018

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Introduction

Longfield Place, Plymouth, Devon. Archaeological Evaluation and Mitigation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-317899)

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology in April-July 2014 at Longfield Place, Plymouth, Devon. Nine trenches were excavated, uncovering elements of the former Greenbank Prison, which was constructed on the site in 1849.

The evaluation revealed the disturbed remnants of a number of basement cells within the former south-western wing of the prison, part of a panopticon that formed part of the exercise yard and a section of the original prison boundary wall. While there was some suggestion that the line of the Plymouth Civil War defences may have run across the site, the earliest artefacts dated to between the 14th to mid 18th century. While these artefacts suggest occupation of the site prior to the construction of the prison, no features or deposits of an earlier date were uncovered during the evaluation.