“The most remarkably well preserved medieval pottery kiln in the UK” (conservation report commissioned by Cadw)
The kiln which is under the stage at Newport Memorial Hall will be on view to the public and will feature information about the kiln and the history of the area. The site will open later in 2017 with a year long programme of events, festivals and activities.
August 2017 Update:
March 2017 Update:
Three months into the work and the Hall’s garden - which has been a sea of mud and unearthed pottery sherds (around 10,000 and counting!) is now beginning to take shape into what will be an inspiring and fun visitors area for the medieval pottery kiln.
Architect Julian Bishop, Andrew Griffiths’ team at Property Refurb and Archaeologist Nic Taverner can be applauded for keeping on target despite raging mud rivers and pockets of sinking mud.
It was during the unsettling discovery of this sinking mud that paradoxically, an exciting discovery was made: a possible second medieval pottery kiln. We are waiting confirmation and will update as soon as we know.
This exciting discovery supports the theory that this site was more than a part time pottery. Rather it was a large pottery industry with 1300 pots in one firing of the Kiln.
Archaeologists David Dawson, Oliver Kent, Bill Stedding and team have excavated the kiln to reveal the beauty of medieval technology – intact! Volunteers helped them shift through the soil, extract the pottery sherds, wash and mark each piece.
In April, they will be joined by Eliot Ryder Conservationists, who will finish the conservation work in order for us all to witness the only intact medieval pottery kiln in all of the UK.
The amazing team of dedicated volunteers have under taken the huge task of research into the kiln. Their efforts has brought this exciting project to a point where we are now working with Mentrau Bach , an interpretation and education company who will present the history of the kiln in a way that inspires the community and attracts more visitors to the area.
Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Pembrokeshire National Park’s Social Development Fund, Welsh Government Leader Programme, Cadw, The Foyle Foundation, Refreshing North Pembrokeshire, Milford Haven Port Authority and Local Donations have given this once in a life time opportunity for Newport the go ahead.
Watch this space for more updates, opening dates and news of a year’s worth of events to celebrate Newport’s unique and very special Medieval Pottery Kiln.
“We are very grateful to the funders and the amazing volunteers who have already put in many hours of research into this fascinating and rare communal artefact that we hope will be a pivot to greater understanding of our heritage.” Project Manager Siobhan Ashe
Read Dr Oliver Kent's blog on the Medieval Kiln where he talks about clearing 96 years of dust and debris to reveal the only intact medieval pottery kiln in the UK.
Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, said:
“Uncovering where, and how, our ancestors lived helps communities to understand their own history and identity. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to support projects such as Conservation, interpretation and community engagement of Newport's Medieval Pottery Kiln that will provide access to a once hidden significant historic monument.”
Newport's hidden Medieval Kiln....
While preparing the foundations in January 1921, builders found two 15th Century pottery kilns, which are now understood to be the only medieval Welsh pottery kilns to be discovered.
The kiln is still largely intact under the stage area of the Hall.
The work to the kiln will bring multiple benefits to the area:
- A fascinating new tourist attraction in Newport: the Kiln will attract more visitors to Newport, helping local businesses and securing local jobs.
- Transforming the garden area of the Hall: the lower rooms adjacent to the kiln will be renovated to make it a usable space to allow for new activities for all, helping to safeguard the Hall's future and the services it provides for generations to come.
- An exciting programme of events: the Kiln and Medieval Newport will be creatively interpreted and supported by a range of fun and interesting events and activities for visitors and the local community.
We need your help!
Donate to Newport's Medieval Kiln Appeal!
We still need extra funds to achieve the full potential of this opportunity. We are asking people to 'Buy A Brick' to support the project.
Your donation will be formally acknowledged.
How to give:
- Online: donate on line :
- In person: donate with a cheque, cash or your bank details at the Post Office in Newport.
- By post: donate with a cheque, cash or your bank details using the above form to:
Buy a Brick Campaign - Click here for more.
Newport Memorial Hall, West Street, Newport SA42 0TD
Thank you for your support and your contribution to a great legacy for Newport
If you would like to see the Kiln in its current state or/and get involved with the project in other ways such as researching information about the Medieval Kiln, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or call Siobhan on 07772 004218.