A High Status Medieval Building Complex at Longforth Farm, Wellington, Somerset

Wessex Archaeology, 2019

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Introduction

A High Status Medieval Building Complex at Longforth Farm, Wellington, Somerset

Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by Bloor Homes Ltd to undertake excavations at Longforth Farm, Wellington, Somerset (NGR 314031 121482), in advance of proposed large-scale housing development.

Approximately 1.6 ha of the site were investigated, with the excavations divided into four areas (A-D), carried out in 2012 and 2013, represent an element within a staged programme of work that began in 2010. This included a geophysical survey and a trail trench evaluation, the former not very informative and the latter revealing only a small number of prehistoric and medieval ditches and pits. The principal discovery was of a previously unknown high status medieval building complex which lay approximately 1KM north of the centre of Wellington is thought to have been a manor house, with the surviving foundations indicating that his covered an area measuring approximately 40m east-west by 30m north-south.