Temple Cottage, Over Burrow (Desk-Based Assessment)

Land Adjacent to Temple Cottage, Over Burrow, Lancashire: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment

The site is situated within the Scheduled Monument area for the Roman fort at Over Burrow and is of high archaeological interest and potential. Excavations carried out in the 1940s and 1950s revealed that the fort was established in the late 1st century, with considerable activity in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. Temple Cottage and its associated grounds are probably situated within the civilian settlement or vicus, which is thought likely to have been situated to the north and west of the fort. Earthworks to the north-east of the site might relate to it, but recent excavations to the north-east found no significant archaeological remains, perhaps suggesting the vicus is further to the west. Temple Cottage was constructed prior to 1844 but has changed relatively little and it is recommended that further archaeological work be undertaken prior to development talking place.

The full report is available on the Archaeology Data Service website: https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-700-1/dissemination/pdf/greenlan1-133008_1.pdf