Archaeological Observation (Watching Brief), Bedfordshire

We were instructed by a Private Individual to undertake an Archaeological Observation in connection with the construction of a three-storey extension to an existing former office building at Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire and conversion of the premises to flats.

In Brief

Client: Private Individual Sector: Construction/ Residential Development Services:

Archaeological Observation/ Watching Brief

Location: Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Key Points

  • Sensitive site in Bedford Town Centre within a Conservation Area


The site is situated on the Harpur Street/Tavistock Street junction in sub-area 2 (Town Centre West) of the Bedford Conservation Area, described as reflecting a rich legacy of historic structures, particularly from the 18th and 19th Century, including 114 listed buildings. The site also lies within Archaeological Component 5, Late Saxon and Medieval settlement, as defined in the Bedford Extensive Urban Survey. It is located just to the west of an earlier north-south route across the River Great Ouse to the south, possibly in use since the Roman period.


No features or finds of archaeological significance were revealed during the course of the groundworks. Planning condition discharged allowing development to proceed.