Expert analysis of pottery finds from our recent dig at Oak House sits well with the earliest days of the existing house. Potteries Museum archaeologist Jonathon Goodwin examined all the sherds recovered and thought that most were from the late 16th or early 17th century. The house is known to have been in existence in the 1630s so the finds were probably associated with the earliest residents, the Turton family.
A partially re-constructed jug from the museum showing the hole for a bung or tap at bottom right
The objects mostly came from functional wares such as those used in the kitchen, buttery or brewhouse. A couple seemed to be from vessels which had a hole to insert a bung or tap to draw off the contents, while another may have been part of a jar used for storing butter or another foodstuff (image at top of this page). A few very fine fragments were most likely from delicate multi-handled cups having a bowl shaped upper part with a waist below. It's often difficult to visualise the complete vessel from tiny potsherds dug out of the ground but Jonathon was able to show us examples of such containers from the museum's substantial pottery collection.
A fine multi-handled cup from the Potteries Museum collection
We anticipate a return visit to Oak House in the near future to look for traces of an earlier building. A 'behind the scenes' visit to the museum for all members will also be arranged in due course.