Monument record BSE 292 - 15-17 Eastgate Street

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Documentary and excavated evidence for a tanning site of Medieval to Post Medieval date found prior to housing development.


Grid reference Centred TL 8587 6449 (33m by 44m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

April-May 2007: documentary and excavated evidence for a tanning site of Medieval to post-medieval date found prior to housing development. The site lies just outside the Eastgate of the Medieval town and adjoins the River Lark (to the west). A single trench was excavated which located at least 3 wells, walls and the remains of 5 clay-lined troughs interpreted as tanning pits. Supporting evidence included a large collection of animal horn cores, which are a waste product of tanning. At least one of the troughs is dated to the 17th century and an overall date of 16th to early seventeenth century is suggested. Documentary evidence (report by Breen in S1) confirms the presence of tanners in the area from medieval times, probably from at least 1433. Details in (S1).
Bury was certainly important as a tanning/leather preparation centre between 1500 & 1750 (S1, 13; S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 2008. Archaeological Evaluation and Monitor Report, 15-17 Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Dymond D and Martin E. 1999. An Historical Atlas of Suffolk (revised edition). Evans N, 'The Leather Industry'.

Finds (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jun 14 2018 2:57PM

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