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Woollard

Collection name:  Woollard
Collector: Geoff Woollard
Accession number: LIVNP

In July 1994 Geoff Woollard, a resident of Diss in Norfolk, found a clay pipe in a ploughed field on the edge of Royden Fen, whilst walking his dog.  The site is on the edge of the Waveney Valley about 1km west of the centre of the town. Over the next few years, with the cooperation of the farmer he searched the field thoroughly with a group of friends and recovered over 5,000 items.  Although a small proportion consisted of artefacts covering many thousands of years, from prehistoric flints to modern ceramics, most of the finds were clay pipe bowls and stem fragments.  A single example dates from the early to mid-17th century and about a dozen bowls are of 19th-century types.  The remaining pipes were produced locally from around 1680 to 1720, many bearing makers’ marks.  Sherds of local and imported pottery, coins, tokens and copper alloy objects appear to be contemporary with the pipe ‘hoard’.  A handful of type examples were retained for public display but in 2016 Diss Museum donated the pipe collection to the Archive.

 

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