Archaeological recording at the Quay House, Exeter 1985-86 (Exeter archive site 84)

Exeter City Council, Cotswold Archaeology, 2015

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Introduction

Archaeological recording at the Quay House, Exeter 1985-86 (Exeter archive site 84)

The site of Quay House is approximately 7.7 metres above Ordnance Datum on the north side if the river Exe at SX 9202 9213. The total area excavated covered approximately 200 square metres, principally within the footprint of the existing standing building, though some trenches were also excavated outside on the main Quay itself.

The modern concrete was removed over the entire area, and a series of deep trenches were then excavated both within and outside the building in order to elucidate the stratigraphic development of the site.

The excavation showed survival of a slip at the end of the 1680 dock and allowed more detail to be added to the picture of the quay in that period. In addition to this, it also provided further evidence of the reclamation and enlargement of the quay in the mid 18th century, with little or no change from the present day quay levels to those in the mid 19th century.