I’ve been squirreling away any little pieces of old crockery that have emerged during the building work (much to the amusement of some of the builders). I’ve had a fancy for a couple of decades now (you can’t rush these things) to make some sort of mosaic from the bits I’ve found…
Whilst most of it has been Victorian blue and white pottery plus quite a lot of earthenware; some pieces stood, out as looking earlier.
I did a bit of rummaging around (AKA research)and found this delightful blog (which is sadly ‘resting’ as it is full of fascinating posts to be enjoyed) which would suggest it is indeed from the 17th or 18th century.
If I see our local museum is having a finds day, I’ll take them along and see what I can find out (they do write an interesting blog).
I’ve mentioned before that it is quite tricky to know just how old our house is. However a neighbour made a chance discovery, that a map of this area, from 1606 (yes sixteen hundred and six) rests in the National Archives at Kew.
He ordered a copy. It is delightful. I was so excited to see it, it was far more decorative and detailed than I imagined.
The detail, the trees, the gates and the fields (the boundaries of which we can still recognise) are carefully included. We can’t be sure our house is represented, as some of the detail doesn’t quite match up, but there were certainly homesteads nearby at that time. Maybe that is where the pottery out of ‘trench one’ came from. Who knows?
I think maps from this time must be quite scarce , apparently that this one survives results from the area, albeit in Derbyshire being part of the Duchy of Lancaster, the map was drawn up in a land dispute, and forms part of their archives.
It has certainly whetted my appetite to try and find out more, when the dust settles.