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HER Number:MDV50123
Name:Pottery Kiln No. 1, Tuly Street, Barnstaple

Summary

Site of a 17th century pottery kiln, one of several excavated in the area.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 555 333
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Site Code: ND11
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/431/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POTTERY KILN (XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1986, An Excavation at North Devon Area Library Site, Barnstaple; Summary Report (Report - Excavation). SDV76038.

The base of a 17th century pottery kiln belonging to the Beare family was excavated in the north-west corner of the area adjacent to the library. The brick kiln had a tile base and in front was a collapsed pillar which had probably supported 2 arches at the entrance. The kiln had been back-filled with kiln waste including sgraffito sherds.


Egan, G., 1987, Post-Medieval Britain in 1986, 288 (Article in Serial). SDV75188.

Excavation in Tuly Street in 1986 revealed a 17th century Sgraffito ware kiln, 2 bell moulds and part of a circa 1700 furnace. The site was occupied by the Bridewell from the 17th-19th century.


Timms, S., 1987, The Archaeology of North Devon Towns, 5 (Un-published). SDV354573.


North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1989, Archaeology in North Devon 1989, 21-3 (Report - non-specific). SDV342315.


North Devon District Council, 1989, Barnstaple Pottery Week and Kiln Build (Leaflet). SDV356885.

Three 17th century pottery kilns were excavated at Potters Lane between 1985 and 1987. They were some of the last reminders of a thriving industry whose trading network once spanned the Atlantic. The leaflet outlines events commemorating the pottery industry during Barnstaple pottery week including the construction and firing of a full sized replica kiln.


Lovatt, A. M., 1990, Excavations within a Medieval Town: North West Barnstaple 1985-1988, 12-3 (Report - Excavation). SDV64370.

The area produced evidence for the post medieval pottery industry in the form of two updraught kilns with stoke pits and five other waste filled pits.


Lovatt, A. M., 1990, The Excavation of Three Post-Medieval Pottery Kilns at Barnstaple 1986-1987, 2 (Report - Excavation). SDV319605.

Kiln 1 sealed beneath an accumulated garden soil was a U-shaped brick built structure 3 metres by 1.4 metres surviving up to 6 courses high. The chamber floor was tiled respecting a central pedestal. The floor extended at least 1.8 metres from the rear of the kiln, opening into shallow fireboxes. The whole structure faced into a large working hollow, revetted on the eastern edge by a low stone wall. The structure had been modified at least once when a short length of pedestal was removed and a number of roof tiles inserted.


North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit, 1991, North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index, Site Code ND11 (Report - non-specific). SDV63429.

Potters Lane Kiln. Full excavation in 1987. 17th century pottery kiln and associated features cut into a medieval earth bank. Kiln lifted and conserved for display.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003, Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme: Phase 1: Archaeological Assessment, 12, Fig. 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV319631.

Possibly Lovatt's 'Kiln 1'.


Southwest Archaeology, 2013, Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database, Mapping Area 4 (Un-published). SDV351581.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319605Report - Excavation: Lovatt, A. M.. 1990. The Excavation of Three Post-Medieval Pottery Kilns at Barnstaple 1986-1987. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV319631Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme: Phase 1: Archaeological Assessment. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.62. A4 Stapled + Digital. 12, Fig. 11.
SDV342315Report - non-specific: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1989. Archaeology in North Devon 1989. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 21-3.
SDV351581Un-published: Southwest Archaeology. 2013. Greater Barnstaple Area Project Database. Greater Barnstaple Area Project. Digital. Mapping Area 4.
SDV354573Un-published: Timms, S.. 1987. The Archaeology of North Devon Towns. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV356885Leaflet: North Devon District Council. 1989. Barnstaple Pottery Week and Kiln Build. Leaflet + Digital.
SDV63429Report - non-specific: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1991. North Devon Archaeological Site Code Index. North Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. Site Code ND11. [Mapped feature: #30961 ]
SDV64370Report - Excavation: Lovatt, A. M.. 1990. Excavations within a Medieval Town: North West Barnstaple 1985-1988. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Grip Bound + Digital. 12-3.
SDV75188Article in Serial: Egan, G.. 1987. Post-Medieval Britain in 1986. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 21. Unknown. 288.
SDV76038Report - Excavation: North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit. 1986. An Excavation at North Devon Area Library Site, Barnstaple; Summary Report. North Devon District Council Rescue Archaeology Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV38774Part of: Post Medieval Pottery Works in Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV50028Related to: Bell Casting Site adjacent to Barnstaple Castle (Monument)
MDV58911Related to: Pottery Kiln No. 2, Tuly Street, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV58910Related to: Pottery Kiln No. 3, Tuly Street, Barnstaple (Monument)
MDV15273Related to: Rendles Pottery, North Walk, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV1362 - PIPE (SMOKING) (XVII to XVIII - 1660 AD to 1720 AD)
  • FDV1363 - POT (XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1749 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV1377 - Excavation of Post-Medieval Pottery Kilns at Barnstaple
  • EDV1378 - Barnstaple Castle Car Park Scheme Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2015 10:46AM