The handles are of two types:
1. Broad and strap-like, decorated down the middle
with deep slash-marks in herringbone pattern (69).
2. Narrow and oblong in section, with a row of fine
incised lines (40) across the upper end, or stab-marks (28).
Unglazed jugs of grey ware, often with the bodies decorated
by combed lines, and the handles either slashed or stabbed or sometimes
marked down the sides by large thumb-impressions, are characteristic of
pottery kilns in east Surrey. In the Limpsfield area the kilns have been
known for a long time, though not recorded in detail. Recently Mr. Brian
Hope-Taylor excavated kilns and a potter's workshop at Vicars Haw,
Limpsfield,1 which produced a mass of pottery with the
characteristics given above.
Limpsfield pottery was supplied to London and probably also
to the home counties to the north of London.2 It was also
distributed to the north-east into Kent, where examples are known at
Cray House, Bexley,3 as well as at Joyden's Wood. The major
site for this ware is, however, Eynsford Castle, where it occurs in
profusion in deposits of the latter part of the 13th century.4
On the evidence as known at present, then, this ware was marketed over
an area of about 20-30 miles in radius to the north and east of
BOTTLE (Fig. 6, 23)
Several joined sherds of the upper part of a narrow-necked
bottle (61). It is made of light red sandy ware, with a few spots of
green glaze on the neck.
The type is well known in London, where it has been dated
by coins to the later 13th century.5 Elsewhere, for instance
at Clarendon Palace, examples belong to the 14th century.6
The Joyden's Wood bottle is restored after examples from London in the
AQUAMANILE (Fig. 6, 24)
Part of an aquamanile in the shape of an animal (70). The
fragment has the stumps of the two hind legs, between which are the
genital organs modelled in relief. The surface of the animal's body
above the legs has applied scales and is splattered with rough-cast to
1 Plan published by E. M.
Jope in A History of Technology, II (1956), p. 285, fig. 266.
2 Archaeologia, XC, 122-3.
3 Arch. Cant., LXXI, xliv.
4 Information from Mr. S. E. Rigold, cf. Arch.
Cant., LXX, 63.
5 J. D. A. Thompson, Inventory of
British Com Hoards, A.D. 600-1500 (1956), pi. III, f.2.
6 Antiq. Journ., XVI, 77, fig. 5,