Monument record MCC5240 - Braziers Farm, Great Tey (Cressing-Great Horkesley Fresh Trunk Main)


Prehistoric ring ditch and possible enclosure ditch investigated during the installation of a water pipeline.


Grid reference Centred TL 8757 2527 (819m by 372m)
Map sheet TL82NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Great Tey, Braziers Farm (GTEBZ98)
This site is located 1.5km south-west of Great Tey, 100m north of Braziers Farm, on alluvial gravels on the south bank of the Roman River. An area of 8 x 6m was excavated. The northern half of a prehistoric ring-ditch lay within the pipeline easement, represented by a curved ditch [1], 1.0-1.6m wide and 0.45m deep, with steep sides, filled with pebbly sandy silt with occasional burnt clay and charcoal inclusions. The ditch contained a few sherds of flint-gritted pottery, unfortunately not closely datable. No internal features were recorded, but a series of small post-holes [13], [15] and [17] cut the outer edge of the ditch, as seen on other ring-ditches in Essex, notably at Langford, near Maldon. A second ditch [6] immediately to the north was broad and shallow, at 1.5m wide and 0.1m deep, and was filled with clay-silt. It is undated but was most likely related to the ring-ditch, possibly as an enclosure ditch. A second ring-ditch beside the Roman River has previously been recorded near Teybrook Farm 1.5km to the east of the site and a Late Bronze Age socketed axe head has also been found in this area (EHER 8800, 8597).<1><2>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Allen, P. 2001. Cressing-Great Horkesley Fresh Water Trunk Main-EHCR Summary.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Allen, P. 2003. Cressing-Great Horkesley Fresh Water Trunk Main (EHCR summary).
  • <3> Article in serial: Allen, Patrick & Gibson, Stuart. 2015. A Roman crop-processing enclosure at Great Tey, and other sites on the Cressing to Great Horkesley Anglian Water trunk main: rescue excavations 1998. Essex Transactions of Archaeology and History forthcoming. p.45.

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Jul 28 2016 12:46PM

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