Archaeological investigations at Cannington Court in 2013−14 provided further information about the former priory and subsequent Elizabethan manor house. In particular, the excavations identified several phases of activity relating to the foundation and development of the priory. Concurrent building recording (undertaken by McLaughlin Ross llp) shed new light on the structural development of the priory lay wing which later formed the core of the Elizabethan house.
The work was funded by EDF Energy as part of the renovation of the Grade I listed building and restoration of the grounds to create a new training facility. The project provides an excellent example of how archaeology and building recording can be carried out alongside sympathetic commercial development to the benefit of everyone, not least the house itself.
Left: West-facing elevation of Cannington Court with medieval secular accommodation range in foreground.
Below: West-facing elevation of Cannington Court with medieval lime kiln 2174 under excavation in foreground.