Welcome to Context One!

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Context One offers heritage services across the South-West.

Our expertise covers all aspects of heritage work from consultancy to historic buildings and archaeological excavation.

Whether you need advice on a planning proposal or listed building consent; historic building recording; an archaeological investigation to support a development application; or mitigation work such as archaeological monitoring or excavation, we have a solution for you.

We are accredited archaeological contractors with all County Councils and Unitary Authorities in the South-West and our clients include a number of County Councils, utility companies and major building contractors.

Established in 1997 with offices in Wincanton, Somerset and Exeter, Devon, we pride ourselves on having a reputation for skill and expertise; for producing high quality reports; and an attentive professional rapport with our clients.

So why not contact us and let us know how we might help you!

A big thank you to everyone that attended the Archaeology Open Day!

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A big thank you to everyone that attended the recent Archaeology Open Day at Putton Lane, Chickerell, and our team for their hard work in putting on a successful event. Over a hundred visitors joined us for the afternoon and early evening and we were all treated to a warm and sunny August day. We are extremely grateful to Chickerell Town Council for very kindly providing Willowbed Hall for our displays throughout the day and their support for the event. The site tours were very well received and it was wonderful to see some familiar faces. Some thought provoking questions too and several offers of help as part of our volunteer programme!

Willowbed Hall display

Setting up the Open Day display at Willowbed Hall

Site Tour

One of many site tours…

The excavation continues for a while longer and we hope to put on some talks as part of our autumn programme when it’s all finished. Watch this space!

Putton Lane Archaeology Open Day

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Website Open Day poster

Context One are pleased to announce a forthcoming Open Day at Willowbed Hall, Putton Lane, Chickerell on Thursday 18th August between 3pm and 7pm to showcase the ongoing excavations at Lower Putton Lane.

Excavation so far has revealed the remains of important stone buildings which formed the core of the medieval manor of Podington (which became Putton). These include a cross-passage house, a further large building and a smaller structure aligned E-W that might represent a private chapel.

There will be regular tours of the site (weather permitting) with opportunities to talk to the archaeologists and see some of the finds from the site.

FREE site tours will run every 30 minutes starting from Willowbed Hall with group sizes of up to 30 visitors. We recommend advance booking if you wish to select a particular time slot but there will also be spaces on the day.



How to find us:

Willowbed Hall is located along Putton Lane with the excavation site opposite. There is public parking to the rear of the Hall but space is limited. The postcode for SatNav is DT3 4AJ.


Approaching the site from Weymouth, take the B3156 toward Chickerell. After the Crookhill council depot on the left, turn right along Glennie Way (the main road to the north west becomes the B3157 at this point). Follow the road round for c. 700m. The playing field and Willowbed Hall will be on the left.

We recommend sturdy footwear if you wish to join us on a site tour as some areas may be uneven under foot, and depending on the weather it may be muddy.


Festival of British Archaeology Open Days

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Festival of British Archaeology Open Days 2012

We are opening up our offices at Maperton between 10am and 3:30pm on the 17th and 18th of July and we would be thrilled to see one and all. This year we will be showcasing a recently excavated Roman site in Bath. Regarded as one of the most significant discoveries in the city for decades, the site in Bathwick charts settlement from the early years of the Conquest to the end of the Roman period and beyond. At its height, we believe the site formed part of a commercial district with small shop units flanking a metalled road. Features include kilns, latrines, pits and hearths. An incredible array of finds including 4,000 sherds of pottery, rare coins, jewellery, glass vessels, militaria and personal items will be on display for the very first time.

We can offer visitors plenty of free parking, free entry and a welcoming smile. For a small donation to our chosen charity ‘Never Give Up’, visitors can also enjoy a cup of tea and selection of homemade cakes including Flavian fairy cakes, Aquae Sulis apple cake, Claudian carrot cake and Britannicus biscuits.

Details of how to find us can be found on our contact page at http://www.contextone.co.uk/contact-us/

We look forward to seeing you!