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Rossington Bridge Pottery Kilns

The Rossington Bridge pottery site consists of two groups, either side of the River Tome, where the Roman Road from Lincoln to York crosses the river. Some publications list the main northern group as Cantley (technically it is) but that is confusing as the two groups clearly form part of the same complex, so we have treated them here on one page. Production took place in the mid 2nd century, starting in around 135 and finishing somewhere between 140AD and 175AD, although the manufacture of Black Burnished 1 could have continued until about 190AD.

The northern group (near the Pumping Station) comprises 5 excavated kilns although at least another 10 are suspected from geophysical survey. Two kilns are known in the south of the river.

The site is probably best known because some wares (especially mortaria, a kind of shallow mixing bowl with a pouring spout) were stamped with the names of the potters. These were probably not local men. One of them, Sarrius, had previously worked at, or still had his main branch at Mancetter in Warwickshire and the production of true Black Burnished 1 implies the migration of Durotrigian potters from Dorset. The production served military sites across the North East of Britain, raising the possibility that these potters were forcibly relocated.  Examples have been found as far north as the Antonine wall, but none further south than Rossington Bridge itself

The wide range of goods manufactured includes grey cavetto-rimmed rusticated jars; copies of BB cooking-pots, bowls, and dishes; local-type cooking-pots with handles, lid-sealed jars, large bowls, lids, round-based colanders, segmental flanged bowls, indented beakers with roller-stamping, small jars with everted rim, triple-vases, many vessels burnished; 'parisian' ware incl. cup-mounted flasks, cordoned bead-rimmed beakers, and avoid beaker/jars, some with impressed motif-stamps but incl. name-stamp of C Valerius Diccia; flanged mortaria with name-stamps of potters, Sarrius, Setibogius, and Secundus; handmade BB1 latticed cooking-pots, bowls, dog-dishes, and dishes macroscopically indistinguishable from Dorset products. Rossington Bridge Mortaria and Rossington Bridge Black Burnished ware are now recognised as distinct pottery types - the link take you to the relevant pages on the Potsherd website.

The area to the east and south east of Doncaster was a major pottery manufacturing area in the Roman period, as evidenced by the massive number of known sites in and around the town. See also, Auckley, Blaxton, Cantley, Doncaster.

Click on the buttons below for details of the individual entries for this site in The Pottery Kilns of Roman Britain by Vivien Swan (copied from the online version)

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Rossington Bridge Kiln 1 Rossington Bridge Kiln 2

OS Grid Ref:  SK 63389971

Rossington Bridge Pumping Station Kiln 1 Rossington Bridge Pumping Station Kiln 2 Rossington Bridge Pumping Station Kiln 3 Rossington Bridge Pumping Station Kiln 4 Rossington Bridge Pumping Station Kiln 5
The Doncaster Kiln Sites
Auckley Pottery Kilns Blaxton Pottery Kiln Cantley Pottery Kilns Rossington Bridge Kilns Doncaster Pottery Kilns
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