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Bicester Heritage Hotel Bicester Oxfordshire

Rzadek, Bernadetta Bicester Heritage Hotel Bicester Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between 14th and 18th May 2018 Oxford Archaeology carried out an evaluation on behalf of Bicester Heritage on the site of a proposed hotel development. Twelve trenches were excavated within Bicester Aerodrome, Oxfordshire .The site was first developed in the later stages of WW1 as a Royal Flying Corps(RFC) Training Depot Station. In 1918 facilities within the site boundary comprised a row of three hangars and associated workshops, stores and taxiways. The site was demolished in 1920 and returned to agriculture. From 1925 the site was redeveloped as part of the RAF Bicester bomber station. The evaluation revealed one significant archaeological feature pre-dating construction of the WW1 airfield – a Roman ditch in Trench 3, which lay parallel to the Roman Road it is likely to be a field boundary. There was no sign of a continuation of the ditch in trenches to the north or south. Traces of buildings relating to the RFC Training Depot Station were identified in eleven trenches, mostly comprising drains, electrical services and occasional concrete strip foundations. The WW1 features appear to be poorly preserved and some of the utilities could relate to the later RAF station.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:5719
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 15:19
Last Modified:04 Mar 2020 15:19

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