The Bedern Foundry

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list of authors
J. D. Richards
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
The Medieval Walled City North-East of the Ouse [Volume]
volume
10
issue
03
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
1993
Date Available
Digitally available on 22 September 2023
Abstract
Excavations at The Bedern, York, between 1973 and 1976, uncovered the remains of a medieval industrial complex, adjacent to the property of the Vicars Choral. Work was concentrated on a former narrow lane off Goodramgate, and the buildings flanking it. The lane ran between two lines of workshops and then turned to go through a boundary wall to enter the Vicars Choral property beyond. The 12th century lane and boundary are still preserved in the present day property divisions in this area.

Either side of the lane timber-framed workshops had been built upon stone footings. They had been rebuilt several times, mainly to combat problems of subsidence of the demolished Roman legionary fortress below. The workshops contained working hearths and furnaces, storage and rubbish pits, and a barrel-lined well. Over 13000 mould fragments were found. It appears that the main products of the foundry were small cauldrons. The foundry was probably in use from the 13th to the early 16th century, when it was succeeded by a bakery. The excavation reveals that, in contrast to the residential housing which occupies the site today, this area of the medieval city would have been busy with manufacturing industry.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-10-3
oclcnum
29611687
isbn10
1872414443
isbn13
9781872414447
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
149
page end
210
number of pages
62

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