Saw Close and the Bridewell Lane Clay Tobacco Pipe Factory

The early stages of an archaeological excavation has already revealed fascinating insights to one of the less well-known aspects of the city’s past – the manufacture of clay tobacco pipes right in the centre of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. The excavation, which commenced in early October, is being undertaken prior to development of a hotel, casino and restaurants on the site be developer Deeley Freed Estates. Working with Historic England, the Bath and North East Somerset Council Archaeologist, Deeley Freed Estates, engineering consultants Clarke Bond, and contractor Sanctus, Cotswold Archaeology will continue to excavate and record archaeological remains across the site into the early new year. Regular updates will be posted here.

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We had a very successful Archaeology Open Day at Saw Close on 31 October. Pictures and more information are available on our Saw Close Open Day page.