Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 1

Stuart Foreman, 2004 (updated 2009)

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Watching Brief Area 440, Kent - Integrated Site Report


The Oxford Archaeological Unit was commissioned by Union Railways (South) Limited (URS) to monitor all earthworking operations within CTRL Project Area 440. This work formed part of an extensive programme of archaeological investigation and monitoring carried out during the construction of the CTRL.

Project Area 440 consists of all permanent and temporary land-take associated with construction of the CTRL, from North of Sevington Railhead (UR Grid 83500E / 20460N, NGR TR 0350 4045) to Frogholt (UR Grid 98281E / 17168N, NGR TR 1810 3715). This includes the trace (at grade, within cuttings and on embankments), bridges and associated works (mitigation earthworks, construction sites, transformer stations etc.). Project Area 440 extends for a distance of 15.5km.

Areas previously subject to detailed or strip, map and sample excavation were excluded from the works. Areas that are known not to contain significants deposits; for example tunnels, and areas of known large-scale modern disturbance, are also excluded from the Works.

The fieldwork events covered by this report are:

  • Sevington (ARC WB440/93+250-94+500)
  • Mersham (ARC WB440/94+500-95+900)
  • Bower Road (ARC WB440/95+900-97+100)
  • East of Station Road to Church Lane (ARC WB440/97+100-98+600)
  • Sellindge and Barrowhill (ARC WB440/98+600-102+400)
  • Westenhanger (ARC WB440/102+400-102+800)
  • Stanford and Sandling (ARC WB440/102+800-105+500)

Along with Targeted Watching Brief's at:

  • North of Sevington Railhead (ARC WB440/93+200-93+440)
  • North of Westenhanger Castle (ARC WB440/102+400-102+800)

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.

Blind Lane (West of) Integrated Site Report
Mersham Integrated Site Report
Bower Road Integrated Site Report
Little Stock Farm Integrated Site Report
Church Lane and East of Station Road Integrated Site Report
Westenhanger Castle Integrated Site Report
Standing Building Survey

Below is a list of standing building surveys which are associated with this site:

Talbot House, Sellindge Standing Building Survey
World War II Munitions Store at Farmead Farm, Westenhanger Standing Building Survey
Bridge House, Mersham Standing Building Survey

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.