Monument record 0802300000 - Church Lane, West Wycombe


Human burials of unknown date found in 1986, in 1960s and in 1930s

Protected Status/Designation

  • Planning Notification Area: Site of Roman cemetery at West Wycombe village


Type and Period (3)

  • INHUMATION CEMETERY? (Roman - 43 AD? to 409 AD?)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Unknown date)
  • INHUMATION (Unknown date)


Human remains (3 skeletons) found in 1986 by British Telecom whilst digging trench in Church Lane. Bones reburied by rector [in St Paul's churchyard?] (B1).
Joan Taylor subsequently visited site and told by local residents that at least 1 skull and vertebrae had been recovered from BT trench. The human remains were at a shallow depth, possibly aligned north-south, parallel with the path and near the doorstep of 40 Church Lane. Previous discoveries had been made nearby: 2 skeletons were found at Hill Cottage during construction of extension to garage in about 1962, and 1 possibly incomplete skeleton was found under the floor of 41 Church Lane when the flooring was replaced in the 1930s (possibly still in-situ?) (B2).
Information apparently confirmed by Herbert Green (B3).
NGR to 40 Church Lane.
Further burials discovered during building work at 40 Church Lane and subsequently excavated by Northamptonshire Archaeology. Radio-carbon dating of one of burials produced a late Roman date, so possibly burials from a Roman cemetery. See report for detail (B4).

Sources (4)

  • <1>SBC20255 Article in serial: 1986. Article in South Bucks Star newspaper, 4th July 1986.
  • <2>SBC20256 Verbal communication: Joan Taylor (CMAG). 1986. Carol Smith, Miss Milburn and Jack Castle to Joan Taylor, July? 1986.
  • <3>SBC20257 Unpublished document: Herbert Green. 1986?. Brief notes on burials discovered at West Wycombe.
  • <4>SBC24103 Unpublished document: Northamptonshire Archaeology. 2010. Roman burials at 40 Church Lane, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.


Grid reference Centred SU 83009 94736 (30m by 41m) (Estimated from sources)
Civil Parish HIGH WYCOMBE, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • Event - Intervention: Excavation and watching brief (EBC17473)

Record last edited

Jun 28 2016 1:41PM

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