Possible Iron Age settlement on proposed car park site

Braintree and Witham Times: Possible Iron Age settlement on proposed car park site Possible Iron Age settlement on proposed car park site

Work to create a 68-space car park next to Witham rail station may be delayed because the site was once home to an Iron Age settlement.

Braintree Council completed the purchase of Eckard House, in Easton Road, last month.

The area was once the site of a three-storey office block, built in the 1970s, which was demolished in 2011.

The council has submitted an application to convert the land in a bid to ease parking problems for commuters, but an archaeological inspection has been demanded before building work begins.

Essex County Council (ECC) historic environment officer Teresa O’Connor said: “The proposed car park lies within the remains of a historic site known as Chipping Hill Camp."

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12:42pm Sat 26 Apr 14

noggynoo says...

Bet that'll give Bhudeeka aka "The Witham Windbag" something else to moan about!!
Bet that'll give Bhudeeka aka "The Witham Windbag" something else to moan about!! noggynoo
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1:49pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Probably her lot anyway by the sound of it!
Probably her lot anyway by the sound of it! OMPITA [Intl]
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4:31pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Bhudeeka says...

This area is to be left untouched there should be far less cars on the road anyway you can all start car sharing all this one car per every person in yur houses selfish idiots
This area is to be left untouched there should be far less cars on the road anyway you can all start car sharing all this one car per every person in yur houses selfish idiots Bhudeeka
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5:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

That's it then.

The Oracle has spoken.

Better leave it untouched like she says - or else!

Anyway it will make a nice stopping off place for 'Travellers' and the like.

She'll love that. Probably be down there serving tea and buns I wouldn't wonder.
That's it then. The Oracle has spoken. Better leave it untouched like she says - or else! Anyway it will make a nice stopping off place for 'Travellers' and the like. She'll love that. Probably be down there serving tea and buns I wouldn't wonder. OMPITA [Intl]
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5:34pm Wed 30 Apr 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Crikey. Not just selfish. I'm an idiot, too. That's knocked the wind out of MY sails.

Well, somewhat.

I do wonder that if the area already is known to be an Iron Age encampment then what more might one expect from this site? I'm just asking as I am no archeologist. If there is little to nothing to be gained then paving it over for 68 spots is nice: building a multi-story car park would seem to be a much better idea though. Especially when considering there was already a three-story building erected there.
Crikey. Not just selfish. I'm an idiot, too. That's knocked the wind out of MY sails. Well, somewhat. I do wonder that if the area already is known to be an Iron Age encampment then what more might one expect from this site? I'm just asking as I am no archeologist. If there is little to nothing to be gained then paving it over for 68 spots is nice: building a multi-story car park would seem to be a much better idea though. Especially when considering there was already a three-story building erected there. /@|_|@\
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