Silsoe Before 1086
The Bedfordshire Historic Environment Record [HER] contains information on the county's historic buildings and landscapes and summaries of each entry can now be found online as part of the Heritage Gateway website.
At the Simpsonhill Plantation Quarry a collection of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age flints was recovered [HER 15610]. The spot is in the north of the parish, just south-west of the roundabout on the A6 and A507 in Clophill.
The Mesolithic flakes included a small unpatinated possibly late Mesollithic flake, probably used for cutting or scraping. A group of flakes were found which comprised of a thin bladelet, an irregular blade, and a scraper with a cutting edge, which were all of a Mesolithic date, as well as three large irregular flakes and one regular flake of a Neolithic or Bronze Age date. A variety of other flints were scattered across the site but these were to small to be diagonistic.
Two very late post medieval pits and a number of ditches, gullies, post holes and an area of burnt loam and pebbles was discovered at Yellow House Farm (26 High Street) [HER 16102]. Although there was no dating evidence for the ditches, post holes and burnt area they are thought to be prehistoric due to the nature of their fills.