Monument record MLI12660 - Occupation Debris, Market Place, Boston


Occupation debris, Market Place, Boston.

Type and Period (2)

  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1400 AD to 1603 AD)
  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1400 AD to 1603 AD)

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Full Description

Pipe trench in south-east end of Market Place revealed a damp peaty layer. This contained cow horn, leather insoles, belt, off-cuts, bone and green-glazed pottery. {1}{2} In October 1965 Boston Corporation workmen were excavating a sewer trench at the south end of Boston Market Place in a line across from the Peacock and Royal Hotel towards the centre of the Exchange Buildings opposite. A sample of material was collected from the excavation. The bulk of this came from a black silty layer at a depth of 3-4 feet from the modern road surface, and consisted chiefly of cow horn cores and a tangle of leather strips and offcuts as well as birch wood, pottery and metal fragments and nine bone or wood awls, presumably for leather working. The more complete pieces of leather sole have been dated almost certainly to the fifteenth century. The only pottery fragments which were definitely in association with the leather were those of a grey-brown shell-gritted pancheon with a thumbed rim. Most of the rest of the pottery is Toynton type. It seems possible that the material was deposited from cobblers'shops or stalls at the side of the Market Place. Medieval and later pottery was also recovered from the site of the former Peacock and Royal Hotel. The sherds included some large and relatively complete pieces. {3}

Sources/Archives (3)

  •  Index: SMR FILE. BOSTON. TF34SW:AT -.
  •  Article in Serial: Healey, H.. 1964-65. Boston and South Lincolnshire Archaeology Group Annual Report. pages 10-11.



Grid reference TF 3280 4400 (point) Estimated from sources

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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