Quote:In the immediate Locale two delftware potteries existed for certain, one under the larger GLA site at the end of what was once Stoney Lane (Pickleherring pottery, est c.1618), the other on Horsleydown Lane, now directly east of the south approach road to Tower Bridge (Horsleydown pottery, est. 1723). It appears certain that the Horsleydown pottery replaced Picleherring as all trade ceased at the latter at the same time.
Whilst there is no concrete proof of the existence of a pottery on the site of Potters Fields Park itself, there is some evidence to suggest that a third pottery may have been established by potters from the Pickleherring pottery at or nearby the Still Stairs, at the north western tip of the site and GLA building footprint.
An archaeological survey of Potters Fields, carried out in 1965, found 2 tonnes of assorted delftware- most likely a kiln dump from either Pickleherring or the speculative third pottery. The preliminary report from this excavation was published soon thereafter, though since a full report has never been published the full extents of this survey are yet to be determined.
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