Audley End House and Park, Saffron Walden, Essex: Report on Geophysical Surveys, 2009-2010

Author(s): Neil Linford, Andy Payne

Earth resistance and ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys were undertaken to support a programme of investigative research into the historic development of the designed landscape at Audley End Park with the aim of providing improved interpretation facilities at the property. The survey covered the lawn areas to the west and north-west of Audley End House to investigate the enlarged Jacobean palatial buildings and the environs of Place Pond to the north-east, where historic mapping suggested remains of earlier monastic buildings associated with the abbey of Walden might survive. A plethora of resistance and GPR anomalies indicate the presence of substantial buried structures under the lawn directly west of the current house, likely to represent surviving remains of the Outer Court, as well as elements of the Tudor period landscape immediately pre-dating the transition from the monastic to country house phase of the site.

Report Number:
6/2011
Series:
Research Department Reports
Pages:
20
Keywords:
Earth Resistance Geophysical Survey Ground Penetrating Radar Landscape Park Post Medieval post suppression house

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