It can't be often that an original photograph can be found of something discovered in a test pit but the object above bucks the trend. It's a piece of cast stone, found in one of our community archaeology pits at Coven last weekend. It appears to be from the fountain or planter shown on a raised plinth at the edge of the photo. The photograph was taken a few metres from where our find was made so it's highly likely to be the object pictured. The house was demolished in the 1960s so our find has been underground for at least 60 years.
A small sherd of pottery from an adjacent test pit is somewhat older. This fragment is from a typical lead-glazed coarse earthenware porringer - a small bowl-shaped cup with a handle. It was probably made at Wednesbury and dates between the late 1600s and 1800.