Historic Environment Record

The Mystery of Oatlands Park Gates Part 2

February 15, 201910:30 amLeave a Comment

The following has been written by a guest blogger, Chris Reynolds, who started at SCC as Historic Buildings Assistant last year. Chris advises SCC on what makes historic buildings important and how works may affect their significance. The below case was generated as a result of work funded by the residents of Lakeside Grange with […]

The Mystery of Oatlands Park Gates Part 1

February 12, 20193:20 pmLeave a Comment

The following has been written by a guest blogger, Chris Reynolds, who started at SCC as Historic Buildings Assistant last year. Chris advises SCC on what makes historic buildings important and how works may affect their significance. The below case was generated as a result of work funded by the residents of Lakeside Grange with […]

The Cross and the Great Camp

January 21, 20194:35 pmLeave a Comment

Situated within the remains of an 19th century artillery redoubt is a memorial cross (SHER 10986) erected to the memory of Queen Victoria following her death on the 22nd January 1901. The memorial also commemorates the time The Queen reviewed her troops on the common on the 21st June 1853 at what was known as […]

A rare find from the Great War in Surrey

November 29, 20183:46 pmLeave a Comment

The Portable Antiquities Scheme doesn’t often record items from the last century, except when they turn out to be something quite special, or have considerable historic interest. One such item from Surrey which was recorded recently, is a rare example of an object which tells a story of the patriotic fervour and intense social pressures […]

England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty

October 21, 20187:00 amLeave a Comment

On the 21st October 1805 Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, aboard the HMS Victory,  issued the signal “England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty” as the British fleet closed in to engage with the combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar, off the coast of south west Spain. After a hard fought bloody battle the Royal Navy would emerge triumphant […]

An Unusual Gift

October 2, 20182:48 pmLeave a Comment

Surrey has a rich history going back centuries. The Romans left a significant mark on the archaeological record of Surrey. This can be seen through both the physical and historical record detailing the establishment of towns, such as Pontibus (Staines-upon-Thames), the construction of roads and industry as well as religious sites for example. For this edition of our blog we have a look at […]

Kings, Bishops, and Robins: a tour of two Surrey castles

August 24, 20185:33 pmLeave a Comment

The following has been written by a guest blogger; Brandon Robins, the SCC Heritage Conservation Team’s admin assistant and a big fan of medieval castles. Brandon is leaving us to go to university very soon, where he will no doubt develop and deepen his interest in castles and all manner of other things to do with archaeology and history. We […]

Vive la France et le Surrey!

July 20, 20184:39 pmLeave a Comment

The Heritage Conservation Team’s wall chart for the men’s football World Cup may now be in the recycling bin, but the home country of the new world champions, France, continues to be enjoying a bit of a moment right now. It celebrated Bastille Day last weekend, and the Tour de France cycle race is currently making its way through the Alps. So, […]

Magic, Witches and Evil: An Unexpected Find in Staines Part two

June 12, 20182:24 pmLeave a Comment

Following on from part one we continue to look at superstition and objects associated with warding off evil in Surrey. Throughout archaeological or building work we regularly find hidden objects such as single shoes and sealed bottles containing personal items, other sorts of dead animals, broken and bent pins and nails, and even hair clippings […]

Magic, Witches and Evil: An Unexpected Find in Staines Part one

May 18, 20184:02 pmLeave a Comment

!!!WARNING!!!! THIS POST DOES CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES OF A 19TH CENTURY DEAD ANIMAL WITHIN AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT. Staines-upon-Thames town centre has been undergoing a programme of regeneration in recent years, leading to a number of important discoveries relating to its Roman past. The eagle-eyed visitor will note signs commemorating this past in the form of modern artwork in […]