Archaeology & Listed Building Repair

This city centre site, whose oldest elements can be traced back to Tudor ages, has a long history of development, culminating with the substantial 1960s rebuild of the hotel. The only remaining historic buildings are the two listed structures fronting St Margarets Street, one being the early C18th timber framed building (currently shored up) and the other being the Georgian building which was substantially rebuilt following extensive wartime damage.

Site 1We have been working with Canterbury Archaeological Trust and specialist Conservation Consultants & Engineers, in order to agree an approved scope for the sympathetic restoration of the existing listed buildings and archaeological excavations we are proposing to undertake.

From the results of initial reports we have commissioned, we know archaeological remains of regional significance are likely to exist within the site development area.

Therefore a programme of archaeological mitigation is planned, incorporating building recording, watching brief on demolition work, bore-holing of proposed new pile positions and subsequent open air excavation. This will subsequently be followed with an appropriate level of post-excavation analysis and full publication of findings.

The surrounding are area of the former Slatters Hotel have previously been the subject of various archaeological investigation and documentary study. The historic development of this area of Canterbury in the Roman, medieval and post-medieval periods is accordingly well understood.

Previous archaeological investigation within the immediate vicinity of the site has been intensive, with large scale excavations undertaken prior to the construction of the adjacent Marlowe Arcade.

The former Slatters Hotel site therefore has a high archaeological profile, and remains from the late Iron Age through to the post medieval period are anticipated within the development area.

Therefore the historical importance and significance of the site is very much acknowledged, which is why we propose to undertake the listed building repair and archaeological works in advance of any new construction, and as part of a First Phase of development.