Message from Martin Locock
According to Kenneth Qualman, Ward-Evans' activity was restricted to
watching briefs on groundworks.
"Fifty years ago, Winchester archaeology was dominated
by a single figure. Sydney Ward-Evans was
well-known to most Wintonians for his prolific contributions
to the local papers, for his daily presence
at the side of any trench or excavation likely to
disturb the 'soil of the centuries' and for the information
boards he placed at his own expense on
numerous locations in the City
Ward-Evans came from a wealthy Surrey family
and, after service in the First World War as an interpreter
and considerable foreign travel, he settled
in Winchester in 1926 at the age of 43 (Parker
1983). Almost immediately, he took on the selfimposed
duties of 'Honorary Archaeologist' to the
City. Despite long spells of illness and increasing
poverty, he observed and recorded information on
literally hundreds of building sites in Winchester in
the 1920s and 1930s.
Partly as a result of poor health, Ward-Evans
never directed a controlled excavation at Winchester."
Roman Winchester in "Roman Towns: the Wheeler inheritance A review of 50
years' research" Edited by Stephen J Greep CBA Research Report No 93 (1993).
It is difficult to see how such activity could lead to the area of the site
being designated either as "no surviving archaeology" or "fully recorded" in
the Winchester UAD, since the UAD is specifically intended to allow accurate
identification of the nature, survival and location of the buried
It would be interesting to see the UAD record forming the basis of the