Record Details

NHER Number:3584
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Late Saxon and medieval pottery works

Summary

This is the site of a Late Saxon and medieval pottery works. Kiln waste and pottery was found on the site in the 1960s. One of the kilns was excavated in 1963, and pottery dating to the 11th and 12th centuries was recovered.

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Location

Grid Reference:TF 7129 2170
Map Sheet:TF72SW
Parish:GRIMSTON, WEST NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

1963.
Scatter of Thetford ware sherds on field and green glazed sherds, late 13th to 14th (and wasters, kiln material. E. Rose (NAU)).
Kilns located by proton magnetometer, see [1].
See (S1) and (S2).
Seen E. B. Green (NCM)

1963/4.
Magnetometer survey by [1] led to excavation of one kiln, oval updraught, 1.5m x 0.8m (5' x 2'9") (internally at 0.3m (12") deep).
Clay walls 0.21m to 0.22m (8 to 9") thick stood to 0.5m (21") at south end, their top at 0.3m (12") deep.
No kiln furniture but stoke hole at north end was excavated for 2.1m (7') from kiln flue, a maximum depth 1.5m (5') below ground level.
Kiln sampled for magnetic dating.
Clinker from smelting and fragments of iron nearby.
Pottery included 11th to 12th century Thetford storage jars and spouted pitchers.
Other sites not fully excavated yielded hard paler pottery with wavey combed designs, plain round bottomed pot, 3 handles pitcher and 2 handles costrel.
B. Beeby.

1964.
Large quantities of Thetford ware sherds, small proportions of wasters and kiln material, on areas indicated by magnetic survey.
See (S3).
E. B. Green (NCM)

Monument Types

  • POTTERY KILN (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POTTERY WORKS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POTTERY KILN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POTTERY WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • KILN WASTE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • KILN WASTE (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • POT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • KILN WASTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • KILN WASTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • METAL WORKING DEBRIS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Grimston [2].
<S1>Serial: Council for British Archaeology Bulletin. No 8.
<S2>Serial: Council for British Archaeology Bulletin. No 9.
<S3>Serial: Council for British Archaeology Bulletin. No 11.

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