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Glebe House, Shrewsbury

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An archaeological excavation was undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology during April and May 2015 at Glebe House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The excavation area was located at the south of the development area, targeted on concentrations of features identified in a previous evaluation of the site.

The excavation identified four broad phases of activity between the 11th and 20th centuries AD. Although residual Late Saxon material was recovered, the earliest phase of activity (Period 1 medieval) was associated with a ditched trackway at the south of the site with extensive quarry features to the north and dated to the 11th to 13th centuries. Period 2 later medieval activity saw extensive pitting activity towards the eastern edge of the site, possibly associated with domestic occupation further east, and dated to the 13th to 15th centuries. Period 3, post-medieval activity comprised pitting which continued through the 16th to 18th centuries and still appeared to be associated with domestic activity, though a large boundary ditch was also established sometime during this period. This post-medieval activity also saw the construction of a small number of likely timber structures on the site. Period 4 features dated from the later 18th into the 20th centuries and included further pit digging but also more extensive structural development with the foundations of some buildings and a brick culvert surviving towards the south of the site.

A moderate assemblage of pottery was recovered dating from the medieval to early modern periods comprising medieval cooking pots, pitchers and jugs alongside a small number of floor tile fragments. Other finds included iron nails/nail fragments, a rectangular ?container which may have been used to store needles, a small quantity of clay tobacco pipe and fragments of wine/spirits bottle glass.


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  • Lat/Long: 52.708634, -2.7444502
  • OS Grid Reference: SJ 49800 12590