Community Archaeology Heath End, Leicestershire 2013.
Excavation of a site at Heath End, Leicestershire, was carried out by members of the Ticknall Archaeological Research Group (TARG) directed by staff from Mercian Archaeological Services CIC (MAS, Mercian). This fantastic Community Archaeology project excavated the site of an 18th century kiln as part of a heritage Lottery funded community archaeology project.
The excavation took place over six days between 15th and 20th of May 2013 and involved the excavation of an area of approximately 35m2, The excavation revealed part of the remains of an 18th century Type 3 (Musty, 1974) pottery kiln with associated features (metalled surface, possible coal store, pot dump, post hole).
The kiln was firing delicate mottled ware tablewares in saggars and probably coarser bowls and jars in lead glazed earthenware, the latter having been found in quantity in the overlying ploughsoil. The kiln was of brick construction and coal fired.
The internal diameter of the firing chamber was 6’ (1.83m). The four flues encountered in the trench suggested the kiln had been built with eight. The excavation adds significantly to knowledge of the Ticknall pottery industry.
Excavation of an 18th Century Pottery Kiln at Ley Farm, Heath End, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Interim Report.