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HER Number (PRN):04633
Name:Possible Roman/Medieval Oven, Lacon Childe School
Type of Record:Monument
Protected Status:Conservation Area: Cleobury Mortimer

Monument Type(s):

  • OVEN? (Roman to Medieval - 43 AD to 1540 AD?)


One of the Evaluation trenches dug in 1993 at the school exposed an hour glass shaped feature interpreted as an oven or small kiln. There was Roman pottery in the layer sealing the oven, but it was highly avbraded, and could have been residual. The single piece of Medieval pottery from the same layer may have been intrusive. In another trench the base of a Samian bowl, plus a sherd of Romano-British coarse ware were found.

Parish:Cleobury Mortimer, South Shropshire, Shropshire
Map Sheet:SO67NE
Grid Reference:SO 6740 7592

Related records

03248Related to: Cleobury Mortimer Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FSA675 - SHERD (Late Iron Age to Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Events

  • ESA2938 - 1993 evaluation at Lacon Childe School by SCCAS


Five trenches were excavated at Lacon Childe School in 1993 during an archaeological evaluation of the school grounds, which were thought to occupy the site of the bailey of the medieval castle, PRN 03248. In Trench C a fragment of the base of a Roman Samian bowl was found, and also one sherd of Romano British coarse ware. In Trench D an hour glass shaped feature was seen cut through the natural..The feature was seen to be the remains of an oven or small kiln.. sealed by a layer.. which produced a small quantity of Romano-British and medieval pottery.. The oven's..dating remains problematic..The Roman pottery from the layer sealing the oven was highly abraded, and is likely to have been residual, although the single piece of medieval pottery recovered from the same context might .. have been intrusive. Parallels for similar features come from both Roman and medieval contexts..The small size and lack of pottery wasters would suggest that the oven was not used for pottery production. <1>

A further programme of archaeological investigation was carried out in the NE corner of the Lacon Childe School site, associated with the creation of a new access in 1997. Although the monitoring was carried out in close proximity to the site of this kiln, no archaeological features were observed and it was concluded that that the hearth in the upper lawn on the north side of the Old Wing is in a relatively small area of archaeological deposits isolated by later activity on the site. It was understood that the current redevelopment would not affect this area. <2>

<00> Shropshire County Council SMR, SMR Sheets Collection, SMR Sheet for PRN SA 04633 (Card index). SSA20723.

<01> Hannaford Hugh R, 1993, An Archaeological Evaluation at the Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer, p5-7 (Excavation report). SSA8387.

<02> Hannaford Hugh R, 1997, Investigations at the Lacon Childe School Old Wing, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire (Archaeological fieldwork report). SSA21004.


[00]SSA20723 - Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. SMR Sheets Collection. SMR record sheets. SMR Sheet for PRN SA 04633.
[01]SSA8387 - Excavation report: Hannaford Hugh R. 1993. An Archaeological Evaluation at the Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer. SCCAS Rep. 39. p5-7.
[02]SSA21004 - Archaeological fieldwork report: Hannaford Hugh R. 1997. Investigations at the Lacon Childe School Old Wing, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. SCCAS Rep. 114.
Date Last Edited:Oct 22 2014 11:40AM