Monument record IPS 440 - 70-74 St Helens Street, Ipswich, (IAS 8812).

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Monitoring revealed a 'dark earth' spread, possibly part of a bank for the medieval water channel that entered Ipswich along St Helens St. A tile built kiln or oven was also observed, of probable Post-medieval date.


Grid reference Centred TM 17002 44495 (21m by 35m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

2002: Archaeological monitoring of 70 to 74 St Helen's Street Ipswich revealed a 'dark earth' spread underlying the existing buildings of probable 16th to 18th century date. Seventeenth century maps indicated a watercourse along this road and the 'dark earth' deposit might have been a remnant of a bank associated with the watercourse.

A pair of east to west ditches directly behind these proporties are likely to be field boundaries belonging to before St Helen's became a medieval suburb of Ipswich in the 12th century.
Near the southern boundary of the site a tile-built kiln or oven was revealed. This feature showed eveidence of extreme localised burning but its function is unclear. A post-medieval date is likely for the kiln. At the nearby site of St Edmund House on Rope Walk, post-medieval pottery kilns were found. It is possible that the St Helen's Street kiln is part of this industrial complex (S1).

See also (S2, S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Meredith, J.. 2003. Monitoring report. 70-74 St Helens Street, Ipswich.
  • <S2> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 8812.
  • <S3> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 8812.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jun 23 2017 1:38PM

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