In the course of excavating at Holyoakes, I uncovered a quantity of broken pots in a sunken room. We think they may have been stored in a pantry on a shelf which collapsed, breaking the pots.

The broken sherds were taken to WAAS at the Hive. They were reassembled mainly by Hazel Whitefoot, who at the time was a volunteer in the archaeology department and was also a member of NWAG.

Apparently at one time, few examples were kept of nineteenth century china and pottery, because it was felt that such items were very common. However, recently, there has been a change of policy and samples should now be kept. 

So, the pots found at Holyoakes are now important examples of common china and pottery from the recent past. Here are two examples, a third is on display in the public area of the archaeology section on the second floor at The Hive.

F M Llewellyn



Summary Report T9 “Sunken room”

Trench information

The trench had initially been excavated by NWAG in 2012 and the work was mainly cleaning and drawing the details.


Measurements were taken and sketches made along with supporting photographs


The “sunken room” appears to be bounded by sandstone walls and the steps down into it need to be placed in context with other buildings. The floor is well tiled and has a slight slope towards the south-westerly corner, from where it would run into the culvert. The westerly wall has three brick bridges running roughly west to east on which a shelf would have sat. Numerous finds of broken domestic and kitchen ware are being evaluated at “The HIVE”.

R Moore Feb 2013

2018 07 31 photo 4



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