Monument record LVM 077 - The Old Manse, Barn St, Lavenham

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Monitoring identified two large pits of 15th/16th century date.


Grid reference Centred TL 9168 4918 (11m by 4m)
Map sheet TL94NW


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Archaeological monitoring visits were made to The Old Manse, Barn Street, Lavenham, on the 13th of August and the 12th of September 2012. Two large pits were observed in the excavated northern section of the site. Pottery recovered from one of these features was of likely 15th or 16th century date. The pottery belonged to a cistern with a bung hole and was probably used to store water or other fluids, possibly associated with the wool dying industry. Lavenham expanded after the 15th century when a culvert was built along Water Street and wool dying works were developed along its length. Barn Street was probably laid out during this period, part of a grid of streets formed with Water Street at its base. Considerable quantities of roof tile observed in the 15th/16th century pits might suggest demolition and/or construction of buildings as part of the expansion of the town during this important industrial period (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Meredith J,. 2012. Archaeological Monitoring Report, The Old Manse, Barn St, Lavenham.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2013 11:50AM

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