Information for record number MWA4403:
Site of medieval pottery kiln

Summary Medieval pottery kiln thought to be between Alcester Grammar School and School Road, Alcester.
What Is It?  
Type: Pottery Kiln
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 08 57
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 The owner had excavated a large quantity of Medieval pottery wasters and fire bars whilst double digging his vegetable plot. An area of 12 sq metres was opened up to try to locate the kiln. The Medieval deposits consisted of a series of earth dumps used to make up the level of the otherwise marshy ground. More wasters recovered but all indications were that the kiln itself lay further to the SW. The kiln was probably associated with Alcester Abbey.
3 Excavation report.
4 A large amount of 12th - 13th century Alcester Ware Medieval pottery was found during an observation at Alcester Grammar School in 2004. It is thought to be related to the medeival kilns nearby.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Medieval Archeaology
Author/originator: Cracknell S
Date: 1984
Page Number: 244
Volume/Sheet: 18
Source No: 1
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: WMA
Author/originator: Cracknell S
Date: 1983
Page Number: 81
Volume/Sheet: 26
Source No: 4
Source Type: Observation Report
Title: Further Archaeological Observation at Alcester Grammar School, Birmingham Road, Alcester
Author/originator: Gethin, B
Date: 2005
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 0520
Source No: 3
Source Type: Serial
Title: TBAS vol 94 (1985-6)
Author/originator: Hooke, D (ed)
Date: 1989
Page Number: 107-122
Volume/Sheet: 94
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source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
source WMA West Midlands Archaeology. This publication contains a short description for each of the sites where archaeological work has taken place in the previous year. It covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. Some of these descriptions include photographs, plans and drawings of the sites and/or the finds that have been discovered. The publication is produced by the Council For British Archaeology (CBA) West Midlands and is published annually. Copies are held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument SCHOOL * An establishment in which people, usually children, are taught. back
monument KILN * A furnace or oven for burning, baking or drying. Use specific type where known. back
monument GRAMMAR SCHOOL * A school founded in or before the 16th century, for teaching Latin, later becoming a secondary school teaching languages, history, science, etc. back
monument ABBEY * A religious house governed by an abbot or abbess. Use with narrow terms of DOUBLE HOUSE, MONASTERY or NUNNERY. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument POTTERY KILN * A structure, composed of oven and hovel, used for the firing of pottery ware. back
monument MARSH * A low lying area of land that is usually waterlogged at all times and is flooded in wet weather. back

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