Readers of our blog will recall that, in June 2015, Dr Richard Bates from St. Andrews University used his Bartington magnetic gradiometer to survey the south lawn of Priory House. This is the third in a series of geophysical surveys of the lawn which we have conducted with the aim of detecting any traces of monastic buildings which probably stood within the area now covered by the lawn. (Previously we were able to obtain the use of resistivity equipment and electromagnetic conductivity equipment.) Unfortunately the current survey did not reveal any rectilinear features typical of building foundations, but was characterised by a number of point targets which we ascribe to relict ironwork left in the soil from two centuries of cultivation of perhaps single blocks of ironstone left over from demolition.
We have submitted our report to Historic England as required under the terms of the Section 42 licence which enables us to carry out the survey. All TCA members are welcome to view the report upon application to the Secretary.