Monument record BOT 002 - Bridewell and Gashouse Lane

Please read our .

Summary

Roman pottery kiln, circular, pedestal, updraught on field at corner of Bridewell and Gashouse Lane in April 1946 during building of prefabs.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 0485 7572 (50m by 50m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM07NW
Civil Parish BOTESDALE, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

Map

Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Rom pottery kiln, circular, pedestal, updraught on field at corner of Bridewell and Gashouse Lane in April 1946 during building of prefabs. Site along hollow way for length of 20 feet. Dump and stokehole cut through and kiln excavated by Basil Brown with helpers. Much black earth in area, much pottery, possibly C2-C3, one Antonine Samian sherd, small bronze object, sent to IPSMG. Kiln lined with puddled clay 2 inches thick and some pottery sherds embedded in walls. Clay plates found with imprint of straw or grass on inner side. Kiln similar to Gardenhouse kiln, Rickinghall Superior (S1)(S2)(R1).
Site of possible furnace 50 feet to E of kiln with much slag and clear glass fragments, Brown thought this to be glass making area (S1). Near Bridewell House, TM 0495 7570 "Roman hut & occupation" (S3)(S2). Previous find circa 1860 of 17 unguentaria during original gas installation (hence Gashouse Lane), now at BSEMH may be from this area - see BOT/RKS Misc. (S4).
Area now entirely built over.
September 1995: Evaluation of plot to NW demonstrated extensive C19 & C20 disturbance but little evidence for former Rom activity - details in (S5).

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, VIII,23-26; XXXVIII,7; LXVII,50-57; XCI,63; XCVI,14; XCVII,22,44,78; card 41; map 24.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Basil Brown archive: volumes, card index, map.
  • <R1> (No record type): J of Roman Stud, 35,82.
  • <S2> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card.
  • <M2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: plans and section (B Brown); (S5).
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, XCVII, 78.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Basil Brown. Basil Brown Archive. Brown B, II, 139; card 41.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Caruth, J.. 1995. Eval report. Chapel Lane, Botesdale.
  • <S6> Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Apr 21 2021 1:13PM

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.