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Tollgate Farm 2010

Interim review by John Winch, 15.11.2010. Updated 27.11.2010


Early this year we continued to excavate what we had been calling a pit, but which we now (due to its depth and the clay lining) believe to be a well.


Tray of shoesWe continued to find lots of leather. Much of it was in the form of shoes, or parts of shoes. Here is one trayful. The shoes have now been treated at the York Archaeological Trust's Conservation Laboratory, and many of them are now on display in the Archaeology Gallery of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.


Read more about the shoes and see pictures of many of them, post-conservation, here. You can see a picture of our museum display here.


Maureen and big potMuch of the leather was found in and around a large pot, which Maureen, our then-Chairman is holding in this picture.





Big leather pieceWe also found a large, folded, piece of leather. In this picture you can see us unfolding it under water to avoid cracking it.



Big leather piece clos-upHere is a close-up of the large piece of leather showing slits along the edge which may have been used to peg it down during drying.

Shortly after finding these items, we had to close the excavation for safety reasons.

Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society, November 2010.