Pottery kiln, Glapthorn

A small area of reddened soil was found in a field to the east of Glapthorn village in Northamptonshire. MidNAG carried out a small excavation, approx 10m by 4m, over two weekends. The surviving parts included tamped clayey gravel and stone surfaces around a kiln, the lower 2 or 3 courses of the limestone kiln walls and a central pillar, some ash and small amounts of charcoal around the pillar where the flues had been cleaned out. A stokehole to the west was filled with grey-green ashy material. Curiously, compared to other similar local pottery kilns, there was almost no pottery associated with it.


Cleaning up and planning the kiln below the topsoil
Excavating a kiln at Glapthorn, March 2015
View of the excavated kiln and stokehole from the west
The final excavated kiln sectioned in half, showing reddened, burnt kiln walls and pedestal


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