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HER Number (PRN):60123
Name:Really an event (not sorted yet) The Della Porta 1927 site
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:None recorded

Monument Types

  • SITE (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1901 AD)


This site represents: a site of medieval to post medieval date.

Parish:Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury and Atcham, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SJ41SE
Grid Reference:SJ 49179 12436

Related records

60206Related to: Della Porta site, 1926-27 (Monument)
60205Related to: Della Porta, 1927 (Monument)
62610Related to: Gumbestolesmore, Gombestalmere, The Shirehall Bog (Monument)
62431Related to: Phillipss Passage, Duns Shut etc (Monument)
60122Related to: Really an event (not sorted yet) Della Portas, 1891 (Monument)
62440Related to: Street block on SW side of High Street, Shrewsbury (Monument)
62425Related to: Walls of a medieval building between High St and Princess St, Shrewsbury (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FSA483 - ANIMAL REMAINS (Undated)
  • FSA1770 - PLANT MACRO REMAINS (Undated)
  • FSA334 - BOTTLE (Medieval to Early 20th century (pre-war) - 1066 AD? to 1913 AD?)
  • FSA1767 - CHAIN (Medieval to Early 20th century (pre-war) - 1066 AD to 1913 AD)
  • FSA1765 - KEY (LOCKING) (Medieval to Early 20th century (pre-war) - 1066 AD? to 1913 AD?)
  • FSA1766 - CUP (16th century to Early 20th century (pre-war) - 1500 AD? to 1913 AD?)

Associated Events

  • ESA3623 - 1947 observation
  • ESA3624 - 1926 observation
  • ESA3625 - 1928 observation
  • ESA3626 - 1928 observation


The Della Porta site, 1926-7. Excavations for Della Porta s new department store (later Rackhams) in 1926-7, an expansion from earlier premises on Princess Street (no.5, see site 60122), encompassing 37 High Street and the properties either side of Phillip 's Passage, linking Princess Street at no.5 with the High Street frontage. 220 A number of separate reports concentrate on three particular discoveries within the site: a medieval sandstone building lying alongside Phillip s Passage mid-way between the frontages (mon.62425), a pit and wooden structure towards the High Street (60205), and a lined or revetted pit lying between the two (60206). Ground conditions appear to have varied across the site, the Shirehall peat deposit being contacted on the north-western side near the High Street (60205), while sand (though wet and running) was encountered in the centre and south, in the area of 62425; the site as a whole therefore helps fix the south-eastern limits of the Shirehall/High Street peat deposit and probable kettle-hole. See constituent sites for further details <1><2><3><4><5>

. Artefacts from the site remained in the possession of Mr A E Williams, the architect, and were presented by his widow to the Borough Museums in 1961. They included: a Sack bottle, which was full when found, two keys, two pewter cups lined with blue glass, and a chain for tethering goats or small animals <6>


[01]SSA10351 - Monograph: Ward A W. 1947. The Shrewsbury of 1772. p12.
[02]SSA10349 - Article in serial: Forrest H E. 1926-Sep-02. Excavations in High Street. Caradoc News Cuttings. Vol 15. p56.
[03]SSA3249 - Volume: Anon. 1927/ 1928. Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological Society. Transactions Shropshire Archaeol Hist Soc. Ser 4, Vol XI (=Vol 44). px.
[04]SSA10348 - Article in serial: Anon. 1928-May-04. Another Puzzling Find: Oaken Blocks. Shropshire Notes Queries. Ser 3, Vol 16. p246.
[05]SSA10348 - Article in serial: Anon. 1928-May-04. Another Puzzling Find: Oaken Blocks. Shropshire Notes Queries. Ser 3, Vol 16. p246.
[06]SSA10350 - Article in serial: Hobbs J L. 1961. Finds from Site of Della Porta's, High Street, Shrewsbury. Shropshire Newsl. No 14. p4.
Date Last Edited:Feb 4 2009 9:41AM