Monument record MCC649 - Roman Pottery kiln (Kiln 19), Sheepen, Colchester


Roman pottery kiln 19, Sheepen, recorded during excavations between 1930-39.


Grid reference TL 98703 25266 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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This was a large kiln of almost rectangular form lying in the SW corner of the kiln enclosure at Sheepen, connected to a sunken pit for stoking. It was sunk 18' into the floor and appeared to have been 'dismantled by the potters themselves'. The central support was almost intact, measuring 2ft high by 10' thick and nearly 4ft long. It was built of roughly rectangular blocks of clay about 5' square by 8' long. The line of the missing interior face of the flues could be followed by the colour of the burnt clay floor. They had together measured 4ft 2' wide by about 5ft 6' long, with a stoke-hole 2ft wide flanked by piers built of tegulae laid in clay, of which only that of the south was well preserved. The exact shape of the kiln could not be recovered with certainty. For full report see <1><2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Monograph: Hawkes, C.F.C. and Hull, M.R.. 1947. Camulodunum: First Report on the Excavations at Colchester 1930-1939. p.121.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1963. The Roman Potters Kilns of Colchester. XXI. p.19.

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Oct 14 2016 4:02PM

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