Site Event/Activity record ESF19412 - Excavation and monitoring, Herny Watsons potteries, 2005-6

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Location WSF 056, Pottery Hill, Wattisfield
Grid reference Centred TM 0138 7451 (108m by 76m)
Map sheet TM07SW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


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A program of archaeological evaluation, excavation and monitoring was carried out on land that was formerly a part of the family run business Henry Watson's Potteries at Pottery Hill, Wattisfield, in advance of housing development. The bulk of the site did not contain any archaeological deposits and had evidently been open land until being covered by a modern clay dump. The remainder of the site had formerly been occupied by a 19th century yard and bottle kiln bordered by three ranges of buildings. Subsequent changes saw a still extant kiln built in 1940/41 and then a modern factory after a devastating fire in 1963. Fieldwork identified traces of the 19th century buildings but showed the bottle kiln had been wholly removed. Two previously unknown structures were located, the first being the possible base for a 19th century kiln. This has been preserved in situ. The second structure, a quadrant of a circular brick pad, was of unknown date and function. The main area of excavation identified the flues of a drying floor connected to the still standing down-draught kiln and chimney constructed in 1940/41. Following the fire in 1963 these flues were infilled and covered by the new factory concrete floor. These have also now been preserved in situ. Post-excavation work relied heavily upon material provided by Mr Jeremy Watson and this has demonstrated the potential for a full study of the history of pottery manufacture on the site using the private archive of the Watson family. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: Sitecode WSF 056 HER event no. WSF 056 Planning Application No. OL/201/03 NMR No. 1449318 Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Part Excavation, Watching Brief Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Current Land use: Industry and Commerce 1 - Industrial Monument Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY WORKS Post Medieval , POTTERY WORKS Modern Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Modern PROJECT LOCATION Area 4030.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM01377453 Point Height 49.00 - 50.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, Field Team Director/Manager: David Gill Supervisor: John Craven DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Ceramics Media: Database, Images raster / digital photography, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Ceramics Media: Context sheet, Drawing, Photograph, Plan, Report, Section PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Ceramics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Henry Watson’s Potteries, Pottery Hill, Wattisfield, WSF 056 Author(s)/Editor(s): Craven, J.A. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS Report No. 2006/98 Date: 2006 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: SCCAS Excavation report

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2006. Excavation report. Henry Watson's Potteries, Wattisfield.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Henry Watsons Potteries, Pottery Hill (Monument)

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Feb 11 2022 1:21PM

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