Test Pits

by janet on 1 August 2020

Click below for photos of our test pit digs and finds.

Note: Each test pits is identified by a code comprised of WKN (Walkern), the year, and the number of that test pit e.g. WKN 18-1 was test pit 1 in 2018, this is followed by a number telling you which 10 cm spit an artefact or feature was found within e.g. WKN 18-1-3 is spit 3 in test pit 1 in 2018.

Test Pit 17-1: Walkern URC

Keith Fitzpatrick Matthews of North Herts Museum lead us through our first test pit dig in the grounds of Walkern's United Reformed Church Our finds were very exciting, producing our first fragments of Mediaeval pottery, our first Mesolithic or Neolithlic ...

Test Pit 17-2: Walkern School

Committee member Debbie and her family very kindly hosted our 2nd test pit. This was in their garden in the grounds of what was Walkern School (near St Mary's). The school was established in 1829 as a Sunday School, becoming a Weekday School in 1845. The...

Test Pit 17-3 & 4: Glebe Farm

Test pits 3 & 4 were dug at the site of Glebe farm - photos can be seen below. Glebe Farm was located in the field at the corner of Church End and the High Street, opposite Glebe View. The farm, which belonged to the church, burned down in 1910 and only t...

Test Pit 17-5: Walkern Gallery

Many thanks indeed to Stephen & Brenda for hosting our 5th test pit in their front garden at Walkern Gallery. The late 17th century house was, until the early 20th century, a small farm. Highlights included several shards of Mediaeval pottery, ...

Test Pit 17-6: Dovehouse

  A test pit in 2017 at Walkern's iconic, octagonal Dovehouse. Finds include a shard of a 14th-16th century cistern (a vessel for washing hands at the table), fragments from 16th-17th century Tygs (drinking vessels) and struck flints ...

Test Pit 18-1: 20 Totts Lane

A huge thank you to WHS committee member Dave and his wife Eve for hosting our first test pit of 2018 on a wet Spring day in their garden in Totts Lane.

Test Pit 18-2: 96 High Street

A big thank you to Elizabeth, a delightful host for our dig at No 96 High Street. The building that has been, among other things, a harness makers shop, a grocers shop and a coffee house.   Finds included a lot of CBM (ceramic building material), assorted me...

Test Pit 18-3: Near the ford

Moira and Philip kept us well supplied with refreshments for our test pit on the footpath near the ford, between the river and Bridgefoot barns. As with other test pits we found struck flints, but also a possible burin spall - a flake of flint chipped ...

Test Pit 18-4: White Lion

Refreshments were on tap for our test pit in the garden behind the car park of the White Lion. The White Lion was an Elizabethan coaching inn, and the car park area was associated for centuries with a timber yard and with carpentry. Although ...

Test Pit 19-1: 62 High Street

We were very warmly welcomed by everyone at 62 High Street as we dug our first test pit of 2019 in their front garden, opposite the White Lion. Our finds were all post-Mediaeval, but excitingly we uncovered a feature that we believe is associated w...

Test Pit 19-2: Walkern Mill

Alan and Rachel were superb hosts for our dig at the back of Walkern Mill. This turned out to be a very different dig, because it was out of the village and there were not the usual finds of 'modern' living, i.e. ceramics and building material. Our expert ...

Test Pit 19-3: Walkern Gallery

Stephen & Brenda were again marvellous hosts for our second test pit in their front garden, where we had some very exciting finds... More Mediaeval ceramics came from this test pit than any other pit, including 13th century Hertfordshire Greyware, ...

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