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:

  • Bruscius;
  • Carita;
  • Coertuti(nus) c.AD 100-130;
  • Doccas;
  • Docilis;
  • Icotasqus c.AD 130-65;
  • Iunius c.AD 155-85;
  • Loccius Vibius;
  • Vabrus c.AD 155-85;
  • Minomelus;
  • 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

None identified

Sites near Hartshill