Type; Roman Tile Kiln
Location; Sookholm, SK541666
Project Leader, David Burton
Large quantities of Roman tile fragments have been noted on several
occasions in the field to the south of the pond known locally as the Roman
Adrian Oswald in the 1930's also recorded the presence of a stack of waster
tiles in a uniform heap running east-west along the boundary of the field. In
1979 Chris Brookes attempted to pinpoint the presumed site of the kiln by
resistivity survey. Although his results showed anomalies beneath the field his
work was not conclusive.
In 1995 a mineral extraction application was submitted to Mansfield District
Council and it was likely that the site was in immediate danger. The Society
began the work of assessing the Brooks resistivity anomalies and investigating more closely the so-called tile stack.
After two seasons work no kiln structures were found.
From the random nature of the heap of tile wasters it was concluded that the
most likely explanation for their presence was that of a systematic field
clearance probably in the 19th. C.
The scope for further searches is by no means exhausted but the overgrown
nature of the pond margins and the water itself pose much difficulty. In the
archive of Major Hayman Rooke there exists a most convincing drawing of ‘the Roman bath at Sookholm’. From his sketches the best guess is that the
structure he observed lies beneath the existing pond.
The excavation report, drawings and tile samples can be studied in Mansfield
Museum’s Archaeology store room subject to the Curator's permission.
Major Hayman Rooke's 18th. century original drawing of the site.