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Swinley Forest Bracknell

Watching Brief on behalf of South East Water for engineering groundworks relating to the Swinley Forest Strategic Water Main.

The scheme comprised two pipeline routes and covered approximately 3.3km within an area used for military exercises since the 18th century. Topsoil was removed to establish a working easement followed by open cut trenching for pipeline installation. Parts of Swinley Forest remain in MOD ownership.


Visible remains of military use included Napoleonic earthwork redoubts and a cluster of five possible Second World War tank traps. Our Observation revealed a possible Second World War storage tank immediately southeast of the tank traps. No evidence was found relating to two Roman roads presumed to have been disturbed during forest management.


Project Details


South East Water




Watching Brief (Archaeological Observation) ; Post-Excavation Assessment

Key Points

  • Watching Brief (Archaeological Observation) for Water Main
  • 3.3km of pipeline
  • Second World War storage tank recorded
  • No evidence of Roman roads uncovered