Making a Living on the Severn Vale: The Invisible Potters of Domesday

Date & Time

27 Mar 2024    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jon Hart

When surveyors for the 1086 Domesday book arrived at Haresfield, Gloucestershire, they did something unusual: they recorded potters within the village, a presence recorded at only two other locations within William’s new realm. Potters were common, of course, just not relevant to the survey, but this whim on the part of an unnamed commissioner has prompted decades of searching for the Haresfield potteries. Work at Quedgeley East by Cotswold Archaeology has now identified one of these potteries and has also uncovered a nationally rare example of an excavated pre-Conquest farmstead that survived until its replacement in the 13th century by an elite landscape.

Venue: Dunrossil Centre, Gloucestershire Heritage Hubb, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

Host: Bristol & Gloucestershire Arch Society

Tickets: Entry to all lectures is free both to members and non-members of the Society.

Other info: There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments are provided. Free parking at the Heritage Hub is available.

Fancy learning more about the dig before the talk? Jon has written an article which you can read here.

The windmill moat, looking south across the vale
The windmill moat, looking south across the vale

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