There will be some mechanised digging activity in the Park Lane field on Monday 27th February, possibly extending into Tuesday 28th, as part of the archaeological assessment of the site. This assessment began last year when a geophysical survey was completed by an external consultancy using the equipment shown in the photograph. The survey confirmed the presence of a pipeline running diagonally across the site but otherwise the results were inconclusive, possibly due to the damp soil conditions, although it was already known that there had been buildings on the site.
These buildings are shown on this map of the area dated 1780: they were still there in the 19th century and the Tithe Map of Cherhill also shows that the field was once covered by small holdings with two potential buildings, a house and a barn/stables. The field was crossed by fence lines.
Following consultations with Wiltshire Council a plan has been agreed to dig several trial trenches on the site to determine the extent, if any, of the site’s archaeological significance. It is this work that will begin on Monday 27th and it’s being carried out by a team of professional archaeological consultants under the instructions of the County Archaeologist. Great care will be taken to avoid disruption to any wildlife found and the aim is to reinstate the site for grazing on completion of the investigations.