There were more grub-huts just
to the south-west. These are across the parish boundary in Drayton.
They were later replaced by at least six huge Saxon great
The main hall was about 25m
by 8m. It was bigger than the Royal hall at Yeavering in
A smaller hall nearby was
probably the ladies'
bower (private rooms).
The others may have been
These may have made up a palace
of the Kings of the 'Gewissae'
Small parts of three halls have
been excavated (dug up) by archaeologists. Few artifacts were found to
date them, but they were early or mid Saxon.
People using metal detectors
have found expensive gold mounts (see picture) and sword fittings in the same area.
They are like those found at Sutton
Hoo and date from the 7th century. They were probably grave goods.
There was also an important
cemetery just to the south at Milton. Posh graves with 7th century
'Kentish style' disc brooches (see picture) have been found there.
Another one was found at West Hanney in 2009.