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St.andrews, Priorsgate

Well (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Tile (Medieval)

Site Name St.andrews, Priorsgate

Classification Well (Period Unassigned)(Possible), Tile (Medieval)

Canmore ID 34333

Site Number NO51NW 47

NGR NO 5130 1661

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish St Andrews And St Leonards
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO51NW 47 5130 1661.

Well or sump.

In garden of Priorsgate; underground stone structure, coursed, cone shaped. Base 3.7m below modern surface; top 0.6m below modern surface. Walls straight from base to 1.3 above base, corbelled above. Maximum diameter 2.5m, minim um diameter at mouth 0.7m. Fill at base of large stones and dirty sand with small chunks of sandstone. Above 1m fill was mainly clean sand (builder's) rubble, except in centre where sand was dirty, mixed with soil which had percolated from the top. Damaged on W side when a pipe was laid nearby. This area had been repaired with wooden boards. On N was an inlet and on SSW a socket, about 0.5m from the top. No clear indication of use of structure. Rubble fill may date from rebuilding of Priorsgate in late 18th century, which could indicate structure was out of use by that time.

E Proudfoot 1982


Watching Brief (5 May 2010 - 11 June 2010)

NO 513 166 (centred on) A watching brief was maintained 5 May–11 June 2010 during the installation of new signs at St Andrew’s Cathedral. A total of four shallow trenches were excavated to house the new signs and the existing sign removed. The only find of archaeological significance was a fragment of medieval floor tile. However, due to the site’s importance it was recommended that any future ground-breaking works should be carried out under archaeological supervision.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended)

Funder: Historic Scotland

Gordon Ewart – Kirkdale Archaeology


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