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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 126   2006 page 399

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points out that kilns like Hareplain would only have had a short life.5 If the potters at Hareplain were the same as those at Lamb’s Cross, were they forced to move or did they choose to be nearer to potentially more profitable markets like Bayham Abbey and Maidstone?
   Of the very small number of sherds from Lamb’s Cross (there are only twenty two sherds from Brookside and the Kiln site), jugs of both types are best represented: for a type I rim ( the waster) cf. Hareplain fig. 2,2; for a type II rim cf. fig. 2,11; bung-holes ( cf. fig. 3,17-18) and handles both strap and oval-sectioned are the commonest sherds. Other diagnostic sherds are from rims of bowls/dishes ( cf. figs. 3,26 and 4,33); there is also a damaged rim fragment from a cooking pot with a deep-seated ledge for a lid, but of a type not found at Hareplain, so the Lamb’s Cross potter(s) were probably, given the short life of the kilns, but not certainly the same as the Hareplain ones. The clay must have been similar to that used at Hareplain.
   Brookside ( TQ 791483 ) is situated on the east side of a triangular area of land bounded by three minor roads and the Lamb’s Cross Kiln is within this area, centred around TQ 790483.
   Acknowledgements. The writer is grateful to Mr Giles Guthrie, Keeper of Human History at Maidstone Museum, for his help in checking and providing references and for allowing him to retain the sherds for examination.


1 ‘Medieval and Later Ceramic Production and Distribution in South-East England : a study in
    ceramic archaeology and historical geography’, unpublished doctoral thesis, University of
    Southampton, September 1987.
2  D.B. Kelly, ‘An Early Tudor Kiln at Hareplain, Biddenden’, Archaeologia Cantiana, 87 (1972),
3  Ibid, 161and fig. 1.
4  A.D.F. Streeten, ‘Craft and Industry: Medieval and Later Potters in South-East England’, in
    H. Howard and E.L. Morris (eds), Production and Distribution: a Ceramic Viewpoint,
    BAR International Series 120 (1981) 323-346.
5 Ibid., 340.



Edward Cresy (1792-1858) is today best remembered for his books, the first two of which were the product of the Grand Tour, made largely on foot between 1817 and 1819, with his co-author and life-long friend George Ledwell Taylor.1 The two splendid illustrated volumes of The Architectural Antiquities of Rome were published in 1821-2, followed

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