Poss Site of Roman Tile Kiln 200m E of Spring Lane
Evidence of a possible Roman tile kiln in this area is suggested by the presence of numbers of Roman roof tiles. Excavation has not uncovered the exact location, so it may have been destroyed. The site is to the north of Cherry Orchard.
1 1965: Excavations undertaken after surface finds of Romano British greyware. The site is on a small peninsula bounded by a railway cutting, 18th century gravel working, and a working clay pit. A 3m length of rough drystone wall was exposed running into the clay pit at one end. The wall was capped with tegulae. In all, about fifty pieces of tegulae were found, all wasters and three stamped with the letters T C M. The finds would seem to indicate the proximity of a 3rd – 4th century tile kiln.
2 1966: Excavation continued. No further significant evidence was found and it is feared that the major features have been lost to brick working.