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 visitor’s 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.
If you would like to volunteer and help us sort the pottery sherds which we have discovered we would be most grateful! Contact Siobhan@newportmemorialhall.co.uk
If you would like to dedicate a brick and be part of the legacy for Newport– now is the time!
Please dedicate your brick by March 31stand be part of Newport’s history now!
Click here. http://www.newportmemorialhall.co.uk/buy-a-brick/