Medieval Moretonhampstead

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Medieval MoretonhampsteadBy: RAMMBack to Dartmoor Stories

Location: Moretonhampstead

  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 1Domestic pottery made in North Devon
  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 2Part of a handle from a jug, it has characteristic slashed decoration. The pot was made in North Devon.
  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 3A type of German stoneware from the Frechen region of Germany. It has a characteristic mottled brown glaze.
  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 4Fragments of imported German stoneware drinking cups.
  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 5One of the fragments of imported German stoneware.
  • Medieval Moretonhampstead image 6One of the fragments of imported German stoneware.

Medieval and Tudor farmers left behind traces of their life from the rubbish they threw away. Fragments of broken pottery, brought up by modern ploughing, show the sort of vessels people used in their kitchens and ate and drank from.


Lots of the domestic pottery was made in South Somerset or North Devon, two of the centres of pottery production.

Finds from Moretonhampstead also include several fragments of imported German stoneware. Some examples came from the Frechen region of Germany, and have a characteristic mottled brown glaze.

Other fragments are of drinking cups made in the Rhineland. This type of pottery became very popular around 1660-1750. Stoneware cups were attractive, strong and easy to keep clean. The large amount of imported pottery coming into Devon during this period can be linked to the spread of wealth from the woollen cloth trade.

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