Details of relevant entry in The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain by Vivien Swan

As utilised in the website hosted by Oxford Archaeology on behalf of the Study Group for Roman Pottery

Site Name: Cantley Estate, East Kiln Group Birch Road

Kiln Number: Kiln 24

Grid Reference: SE61810180


Parish: DONCASTER (3)

Geology: sand and gravel with pockets of clay

Situation: very gently sloping valley side

Height above OD: 11 m

Water Supply: brook(s) in general vicinity

Circumstances of Record: building a housing estate; limited salvage observation and excavation

Excavator/Observer: S M Cregeen

Date of Record: 1954

Kiln Type: kiln-structure unexcavated (sealed beneath new road)

Kiln Interior: unexcavated (kiln-chamber sealed beneath new road)

Oven Floor:

Flue: clay-lined flue

Site Features and Finds: stokehole contained dumps of unfired and partly-fired clay, black ash and abundant pottery; contemporary ditches in general vicinity; quern nearby

Pottery: orange mortaria incl. large quantities of hammer-head and wall-sided types stamped by potter Virrinus: grey and orange wares incl. dishes (Gillam 318, 221/4); no detailed record of pottery survives

Date of Pottery: c. 150-180

Reference(s): Cregeen 1956, 41-2; idem 1957 (pottery mostly not attributed to individual kilns)

Source of Information:

Location of Finds: Doncaster Mus

Comments: Virrinus's mortaria were very similar in form to those produced at Hartshill/ Mancetter, Warwicks., and are known to have been traded as far as Templeborough