Roman well, Alcester.
A Roman well which was probably reused during the Medieval period. Roman and Medieval pottery was found in the well which was situated in the area of Birch Abbey, Alcester.
1 1951: Masonry discovered in the yard of the factory of Needle Industries Ltd. A trial excavation proved it to be the top of a well with a light-brown earth filling, rich in a variety of Roman sherds. In 1957 it was completely excavated. Immediately to the NW was a deposit rich in Roman sherds including amphorae. The shaft of the well was well-constructed; internal diameter 0.8m. The stone lining extended for 4.6m and the total depth was 4.8m. The contents of the well indicated a complex history. The bottom layer contained two complete pots, other pottery and part of a flue tile. Layer 2 contained Medieval tiles and carved stone and layer 3 contained Roman and Medieval finds and two complete human skeletons (see PRN 5497). Layers 4 to 8 were fairly free of artefacts.
3 Site no 13 in list.
4 Probably a Roman well re-excavated in the Medieval period.