Lilleshall Abbey, Lilleshall and Donnington, Telford and Wrekin: Report on Geophysical surveys, October 2020

Author(s): Neil Linford, Andy Payne

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and earth resistance surveys were conducted at Lilleshall Abbey, Lilleshall and Donnington, Telford and Wrekin, at the request of the English Heritage Trust who manage the site. The aim of the high sample density GPR survey (0.55ha) was to assist with investigations into prolonged water logging of the Chapter House and immediately surrounding areas that has become progressively worse. Significant anomalies were revealed associated with the buried remains of the abbey, more recent services and land drains, although it is unclear whether any of these are directly related to the current water logging. Earth resistance survey (0.2ha) was targeted over the south cloister and chapter house enhancing coverage here in areas where it was not possible to access with the GPR. While much is known about the plan of the abbey from nineteenth century excavations the geophysical survey has revealed some additional detail that may help with the interpretation and presentation of the remains.

Report Number:
Research Report
Earth Resistance Geophysical Survey Ground Penetrating Radar


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