Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 1

Stuart Foreman, 2004 (updated 2009)

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Watching Brief Area 420, Kent - Integrated Site Report


The Oxford Archaeological Unit was commissioned by Union Railways (South) Limited (URS) to monitor all earthworking operations with a potential archaeological impact within CTRL Project Area 420. This work formed part of an extensive programme of archaeological investigation carried out during the construction of the CTRL.

Project Area 420 consists of all permanent and temporary land-take associated with construction of the CTRL, from West of Boarley Farm, Boxley (URS Grid 55400E/ 40000N, NGR TQ 75300E / 60100N) to East of Lenham Heath (URL Grid 71800E / 29400N, NGR TQ 91800E / 49200N). This includes the trace (at grade, within cuttings and on embankments), bridges and associated works. (mitigation earthworks, construction sites, transformer stations etc.).

Areas previously subject to strip, map and sample excavation were excluded from the works, as were areas of known large-scale modern disturbance (as detailed in the WSI).

The fieldwork events covered by this report are:

  • Boarley Farm (ARC WB420/58+200-59+500)
  • Boxley Valley (ARC WB420/59+500-61+900)
  • West of Sittingbourne Road (ARC WB420/61+900-62+000)
  • Sittingbourne Road (ARC WB420/62+000-62+200)
  • Hockers Lane (ARC WB420/62+200-63+000)
  • Honeyhills Wood (ARC WB420/63+000-63+400)
  • Thurnham Roman Villa (ARC WB420/63+400-63+900)
  • Thurnham Lane to West of Crismill Lane (ARC WB420/63+900-66+350)
  • South of Snarkhurst Wood (ARC WB420/66+300-67+100)
  • Musket Lane (ARC WB420/67+100-68+100)
  • Eyhorne Street (ARC WB420/68+100-68+500)
  • Holme Hill and Harrietsham (ARC WB420/68+500-73+500)
  • Sandway Road (ARC WB420/73+500-73+700)
  • Chilston Park, Chapel Mill and Lenham Heath (ARC WB420/73+700-78+150)

Along with Targeted Watching Brief's at:

  • Thurnham Roman Villa (ARC WB420/63+400 to 63+900)
  • Eyhorne Street (ARC WB420/68+100 to 68+500)
  • Sandway Road (ARC WB420/73+500 to 73+700)

Other material from the programme linked to this report.

Phase 2

Specialist Research Reports

Data from the watching brief may also be incorporated within the specialist research reports and datasets of individual sites and researchers.

Integrated Site Report

The integrated site report and data for this site can be found on the downloads page.

Data from the watching brief may also be incorporated within the integrated site reports and datasets of individual sites.

West of Sittingbourne Road Post Excavation Assessment
Thurnham Villa Integrated Site Report
Snarkhurst Wood Integrated Site Report
Eyhorne Street Integrated Site Report
Holm Hill Post Excavation Assessment
Sandway Road Integrated Site Report
Chapel Mill Post Excavation Assessment

Phase 1

Evaluation and Interim Excavation Data

Other evaluation and interim excavation and field data associated with this report can be found in the site list.