Record Details

NHER Number:1076
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval pottery production site and road


Excavations here in 1960 found a number of medieval pottery sherds as well as pieces of fired clay and a spread of gravel. These finds would seem to suggest a medieval pottery kiln/works was located here and that a contemporary gravel road may have also been present. Subsequent investigations in 1980 and 1983 found more medieval pottery sherds. Metal detecting here in 2008 recovered a further 78 medieval sherds, and no significant metal finds.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 32 13
Map Sheet:TG31SW

Full description

Pottery production site at Blackhill Wood.

April 1960. Trial excavations by D. R. Howlett.
'Site I' 74.4m (245ft) east of road along north boundary of wood, north of boundary.
This revealed a 12th to 13th-century pottery-making site on behalf of Norwich Museum, information from (S1).
Early medieval sherds found by [1].
13th-14th century pottery glazed and unglazed.
Aerial photograph taken.
Pottery held by NCM.
Site visited by A. Rogerson (NAU).

1960 plans and section in NCM.
Show spread of red pot sherds and fired clay (stoke-hole) and gravel spread (?roadway).
D. Gurney (NLA) 18 February 1997.

27 March 1980. Marked 1076/c1.
Further pottery collected from disturbed soil in wood by A. Rogerson (NAU) and G. Crawley (NAU).
E. Rose (NAU).

June 1983. Wood over main area of site cut down and ground ploughed.
See plans and survey by A. Rogerson (NAU), S. Ashley (NAU), A. Gregory (NAU) and [2].
Plan of mounds etc.
Sherds found divided into Context 2 - surface collection all over new fenced enclosure; Context 3 east of fence; Contexts 4-7 subdivisions of enclosure. Part of site to south not ploughed, some trees gone, outside enclosure.
Finds held by NCM.
S. Ashley (NAU) 5 July 1983.

Survey notes in file.

April - May 2008. Metal detecting.
Medieval sherds, no significant metal finds.
See list in file.
A. Rogerson (NLA), 18 June 2008.

Monument Types

  • POTTERY KILN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POTTERY WORKS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • ROAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • KILN WASTE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • POT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

---Photograph: T5-6.
---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 31 SW 11.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Serial: 1960. Council for British Archaeology Group 7 Bulletin of Archaeological Discoveries for 1960. No 7. p 6.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Woodbastwick.
---Article in Serial: 1961. Other Archaeological Excavations, 1960. Norfolk Research Committee Bulletin. Series 1 No 13 (for 1960) pp 1-2. p 2.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Witton.
<S1>Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. and Hurst, D. G. 1962. Medieval Britain in 1960. Medieval Archaeology. Vol IV (for 1961) pp 309-339. p 337.

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