The Hartshill/Mancetter Potteries
The main manufacturing industry in this area was pottery, which came to be distributed throughout the province. Twenty one pottery kilns have been found in a cluster immediately south-west of the Watling Street settlement at Manduessedum, and thanks to potters-stamps the names of several Mancetter potters are known:
- Coertuti(nus) c.AD 100-130;
- Icotasqus c.AD 130-65;
- Iunius c.AD 155-85;
- Loccius Vibius;
- Vabrus c.AD 155-85;
- Sarrius c.AD 160-85;
- Sennius c.AD 165-85;
- Victor et Sarus, 3rd or 4th century.
Of the potters named above, Iunius, Vibius, Minomelus and Sarrius also had kilns at Hartshill; Sarrius had potteries at Rossington Bridge too. It is thought that Doccas may have moved his business up from Verulamium. A single example of a kiln was found, of a type otherwise peculiar to the Oxford region.
In addition to the Hartshill/Mancetter potteries, there are Roman tileries nearby at Arbury (SP3489) and Griff Hill (SP3688).
References for Hartshill
- Britannia i (1970) p.286; Britannia ii (1971) p.263.
Map References for Hartshill
NGRef: SP342893 OSMap: LR140
Roman Roads near Hartshill