High House is a Grade II listed building (NHLE No. 1032510) dating to c.1500. Located at the top of Church Hill it is probably shown on the 1619 map Hoxne Hall map and is clearly marked on the Tithe map (named in the apportionment, together with the adjacent property which is attached to the former 19th century school, as 'House, Garden, Schoolroom' owned by Sir Edward Kerrison) and the 1st Edition OS.
The Test Pit was placed on a small, flat lawn, c.2m to the front of the property. A thin topsoil, Context 1, overlaid small irregular deposits of grey clay at 0.1m depth, Context 2. Beneath this was 0.1m of dark grey, very compacted, clay soils with frequent flecks of chalk and brick/tile fragments, Contexts 3 and 4. The natural clay subsoil, Context 5, was seen at a depth of 0.3m.
Small quantities of(15th-16th century), and (Glazed red earthenware, 16th-18th C) were identified. In addition later wares included Chinese porcelain fragments and some Staffordshire white salt-glazed stoneware, both of which are likely to date to the 18th century. Other finds include fragments of polychrome wall tiles with figurative decoration.
The results from the Test Pit support the known history of the property, the mixed finds material likely deriving from the domestic occupation of the plot since the 16th century. The thin topsoil over deposits of redeposited clay may indicate previous groundworks such as levelling of the plot or earlier uses, i.e. former yard surfaces, other than an open lawn.
|Spit No||Context No||Sieved?||Display/ Keep?||Pottery||Post Med/ modern||Medieval||Fired Clay||Mortar/ Plaster||Clay Pipe||Glass||Flint||Slate||Plastic||Iron Nails||Iron Other||Other Metalwork||Animal Bone||Oyster Shell||Land Snail||Comments|
|3||1||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||wall tile with manganese dec|
|4||1||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||wall tile with manganese figure|
|Spit No||Context No||Display/ Keep?||Post Med/ modern||Medieval||Details|
|1||1||Yes||Mainly modern but 1 abr(15th-16th C), 1 16th-18th C|
|2||1||Yes||Post-med but 1 x(15th-16th C), 2 (16th-18th C)|
|3||1||Yes||Post-med, English stoneware and 1(16th-18th C), 1 small sherd|
|4||1||Yes||2 x(16th-18th C), 1 poly, 1 (18th C)|