Medieval/post-medieval activity at 8/9 Henley Street

Description of this historic site

The site of possible Medieval tanning pits and associated activity found during archaeological work. The site was located in the area of Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon.

Notes about this historic site

1 Earliest feature dates to probably 13th/14th century. 12th/13th century residual pottery suggests earlier Medieval occupation. Most features excavated date to the 15th/16th centuries and seem to represent rubbish or cess pits. A group of three clay-lined pits, and a possible fourth, probably dating to the 15th/16th century, seem to be recognisable as structures used in the tanning or hide industries. The presence of some cow horn cores is suggestive of tanning rather than tawing. A total of 37 sherds were recovered, mostly dating to the late/early Post Medieval period. Vessel forms were divided between table wares and kitchen wares.