Excavations at St Nicholas Priory, Exeter 1983-84 (Exeter archive site 78)

Cotswold Archaeology, Exeter City Council, 2015

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Introduction

Excavations at St Nicholas Priory, Exeter 1983-84 (Exeter archive site 78)

From October 1983 to February 1984, the Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit undertook an excavation on a plot of land adjacent to St Nicholas Priory Museum. This plot had been acquired by Exeter City Council in order that the setting of the Museum be improved by the addition of a landscaped area within its grounds.

The excavation was undertaken in the grounds immediately to the south-east of the existing St Nicholas Priory Museum, between The Mint Lane and Friernhay Street at SX 9175 9247.

During excavation, part of the west end of the priory church of St Nicholas, including the earliest west front, was revealed along with a subsequent 14th-century tower. Robbing of these walls took place at the time of the Dissolution.

Excavation also examined the Roman military levels which, at Exeter, is from c AD 55/60 to c AD 75/80. Two buildings of the Roman military period were identified, both of which were clearly barracks. The remains of these barracks were first encountered at about 33 metres above Ordnance Datum.