Programme of Archaeological Site Work, Kent

Mains Reinforcement Scheme adjacent to the scheduled remains of a medieval abbey.

In Brief

Client: South East Water Sector: Infrastructure; Utilities; Water Services:

Archaeological Desk-Based Survey; Walkover Survey; Liaison with MOD; Watching Brief (Archaeological Observation)

Location: Greater Maidstone, Kent

Key Points

  • Sensitive site on edge of historic town close to Scheduled Monument
  • Possible spitfire crash site identified on route
  • Liaison with Ministry of Defence & other statutory bodies
  • No spitfire remains identified
  • Iron Age ditch features revealed
  • Water main refurbished on schedule


As part of an on-going programme of works throughout the current AMP 6, we were commissioned by South East Water to undertake a programme of archaeological works including archaeological desk-based assessment, walkover survey, liaison with the Ministry of Defence in connection with the protection of a military burial site and a Watching Brief on a water main scheme close to the Historic town of West Malling, Kent.



Following successful completion of the scheme, with no significant archaeological issues encountered, the water main was refurbished on schedule.