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Structure 10 - Hut Base
This page was last updated at 4:25pm on 13/2/12
Picture of the structure taken by CART in July 2011
The following information is an EXTRACT from an archaeological report produced in January 2012
following CART's Coleshill Uncovered project. A range of people
contributed, including CART. The report was edited by John Winterburn and Anna Gow.
We have extracted the key info for this area but would suggest you read the full report here
STRUCTURE 10 - HUT BASE
These structural remains were discovered during the January evaluation weekend and given the National Trust SMR
number 154015 (see Feature Register in Appendix B). Located 36m west of Structure 2 this concrete platform is on a
north-south orientation with its' short sides to the north and south.
Believed to be a hut base the northern end of these remains are broken away, however it appears that it would
originally have been of different dimensions to the other huts, the short side being 3.20m and the long sides being
at least 8.4m. A large crack, running north-south along the length of the concrete structure divides the base, with
other cracks spreading out from this central one. A concrete lip is located on both the east and south sides of the
base with circular holes located along it. The lip is 0.11m wide, sits 0.04m below the main concrete platform and
is at least 0.15m deep. There are two holes on the southern lip the distance between them being 1.35m (the eastern
corner has broken off, but there was probably another located here) and three were found on the eastern long lip
(again there were probably more originally but a combination of tree roots and an incomplete platform means that
they cannot all now be seen). One of the holes on the southern end of the concrete base has the remains of a wooden
Half-way along the eastern side of the concrete base there is a single piece of in-situ shuttering, possibly
asbestos board (see photograph below). On the top face of the concrete base, towards its' western side, are the
casts of inverted bricks.
Clearance of this structure did not provide any significant finds all items collected were post WWII.
Clearly another hut base, Structure 10 is longer and thinner than the other bases on site. The concrete lip
situated on the southern and eastern sides may also have been located on the northern side of the platform (due to
that end of the platform being broken we cannot confirm this). However the western side of the platform is intact
at the southern end and there is no evidence of an outer lip here. It may be therefore that this structure was a
three-sided hut, with the western side open to the elements. This different construction may well have been due to
the use that the building was put to. Unfortunately nothing was recovered from the area that would provide us with
clues as to what this use was.
Read more about the house pre war here and during the war here.