Archaeological Standing Building Recording, Surrey

A programme of Archaeological Standing Building Recording to Historic England Level 3 was undertaken for a group of traditional agricultural barns of 18th-20th century date at Polesden Lacey.

In Brief

Client: National Trust Sector: Historic Buildings Services:

Archaeological Standing Building Recording

Location: Surrey, South East England

Key Points

  • A complex of traditional farm outbuildings of 18th/20th century date
  • Detailed recording to Historic England Level 3


A complex of traditional farm outbuildings of 18th/20th century date at Bagden Farm, forming part of the National Trust estate at Polesden Lacey, near Dorking  were recorded prior to demolition.

No previous archaeological investigations are recorded and the Site was considered low in terms of archaeological potential for all periods apart from the post-medieval, with any buried remains likely to have been impacted by 19th-20th century development activity associated with intensive redevelopment of the farmyard.

Three phases were recorded with the earliest surviving fabric of late 18th century date. The remaining two phases were identified as being of mid-19th century date and mid to late 20th century, the latter possibly associated with the provision of accommodation during the Second World War.


The surviving complex of agricultural barns at Bagden Farm were subject to extensive alteration and additions but retained some evidence of historic fabric dating back to the late 18th century.

The report was approved and works commenced as planned.