Sookholm Kiln 1995

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.

Sookholm Roman

Tile Kiln  1995

H.Rooke drawings 009

Major Hayman Rooke's 18th. century original drawing of the site.