Rye Hill Medieval Pottery and Tilery, 60m South of Spains
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East Sussex County Council
Rother District Council
Hastings and Rye
OV922922 (592182, 121111)
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Medieval pottery and tile kilns excavated at Rye Hill in 1931-35. The excavations located five kilns all of Musty type 4a (Sussex type), which produced pottery and inlaid glazed tiles. The tiles appeared to be produced for use in Rye Church. The pottery is in a sandy red firing fabric, with yellow or brown to copper green glaze. Jugs were often white slipped inside the neck. Forms included jugs, cooking pots, dishes, bowls, curfews, skillets and money boxes. Chimney pots were also produced. The main period of production took place between 1275 and 1500. There are also documentary references to potters also during the 13th and 14th century. Many of the finds are in Rye Museum. The kilns and additional features to the south and east were located when a geophysical survey was carried out in 1997.
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