Monument record IPS 309 - 19 Queen Street, Ipswich, (IAS 3004, IAS 3006).

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Two separate events. Late Saxon to Post Medieval pottery, clay pipe & animal bones. Also Medieval wall of cellar/well.


Grid reference Centred TM 16243 44493 (14m by 12m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

1974: Excavation for oil storage tank revealed Medieval and Post Medieval pottery, clay pipe and animal bones (S2). Pottery sherds: 15th century painted jug. Tudor pottery. Delftware. 18th century pottery. Clay pipes: 18th century. Animal bones (mostly cow and sheep) Found 3 metres down. (S4)

1996: During underpinning, as a part of a refurbishment of a cellar, a short length of medieval mortared-flint walling was found preserved behind the later brickwork.A maximum length of only 1.2m of the wall was exposed and examination of it suggested that it either comprised the outside face of the wall of a cellar, lying directly to the south, or the outside face of a well. An attempt by the builders to establish the thickness of the wall by excavating a small hole though the fabric, had been abandoned after 50cm. The composition of the wall changed with depth, revealing a rendered face down to c.2m. Below the present ground level. Below this, a 0.3m thick layer of coursed flints and peg-tile fragments gave way to rough flints in a creamy mortar matrix. The wall was traceable to c.3.1m below the present street level and continued downwards below the depth of the adjacent underpinning trench. Associated with the underpinning of the cellar was a reduction in floor level. With the cellar already cut to subsoil level, it nevertheless seemed probable that the bases of rubbish pits might still survive. While lowering to a new reduced level had already been carried out by the contractor at the eastern end of the cellar, and a quantity of Saxo-Norman Thetford-ware pottery sherds recovered, the area adjacent to the street frontage was still untouched. The bases of four pits were excavated as a result, which produced Late Saxon and Early Medieval pottery assemblages (S1-S3).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 3006.
  • <S2> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 3006.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: 1996?. 19 Queen Street, Ipswich, (IAS 3004, IAS 3006)..
  • <S4> Machine readable data file: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. 2017. Ipswich PMED Records Spreadsheet.

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Record last edited

Aug 10 2017 12:08PM

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