Monitoring of groundworks for an extension at the rear of 40 College Street, Bury St Edmunds has identified an assemblage of clay tobacco pipe fragments which will shortly be published in the Society for Clay Pipe Research Newsletter.…
The tobacco pipe fragments were collected from two intercutting refuse pits, likely to be of early Victorian origin, and are all of English manufacture, with some probably produced locally, whilst others come from elsewhere in East Anglia and possibly London. Nineteen of the tobacco pipes carry makers’ marks and many are decorated.
The photo above shows a selection of the pipe bowls. These are briefly described from the top.
Pottery, glassware and other items from the kitchen were also recovered, all dating to the nineteenth century. The range of ceramics includes not only kitchen and tablewares, but also other receptacles such chamber pots and inkbottles. The remains of two colourful transfer printed wares which have borders impressed with the alphabet are examples of nursery tablewares. One showed a young newspaper boy selling folded up copies of ‘The Times’, the other a pastoral scene of a barefoot young man carrying a basket and holding a staff who is crossing a stile.
Heard, K, forthcoming, ‘A group of 19th-century pipes from 40 College Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk’, Society for Clay Pipe Research Newsletter.