Fillingham Project overview - The Paddock

The resistivity survey was carried out between 30th April and 2nd May 2000 in the paddock to the north of Lakeside Cottage, to determine whether a church building was present in the field. A 20m grid was set up in the field, avoiding a large sycamore tree in the east part of the field, and telegraph poles to the east of Lakeside Cottage. Measurements were taken at 1m intervals using a RM15 machine, with the mobile probes set at 50 cm apart. The weather was fair, but it had rained heavily during the preceding weeks. Because of this, it was not possible to obtain the same background reading on the second day, as the soil had dried out substantially. The readings for the second day were adjusted using the Geoplot programme, to allow for this difference. The results of the survey are shown below.

Geophysical Surveys

The linear high resistance anomaly running east-west just to the north of Lakeside Cottage is thought to be due to a modern drain. The two areas where no readings were taken that lie within this linear feature represent manhole covers. The area of high resistance to the east of Lakeside Cottage is located over an area of ground where the bedrock is particularly near to the ground surface, and as such is believed to represent a modern feature. Likewise, the areas to the north of the area surveyed are over areas of ground that were lowered during the construction of Fillingham Lake, leaving the bedrock nearer to the ground surface. The smaller areas of high resistance anomalies just the south of this landscaping may represent midden deposits, as they were situated under large nettle patches. The most interesting feature is a small high resistance anomaly in the westernmost part of the survey, although it is not known what this feature represents.