Medieval and later activity in the former precinct of St John's Hospital

S. Carlyle, Jonny Geber, Philip L Armitage

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An archaeological excavation was undertaken on the site of St John’s Car Park, St John’s Street, Northampton, within the former precinct of the medieval Hospital of St John. Two clusters of medieval pits found were probably used for the disposal of domestic rubbish, and contained pottery dating from the 12th to the early 14th centuries. Assemblages of bone included meat-rich cuts from sheep and cattle, a variety of fish including both marine and freshwater species, and the presence of squirrel and cat may indicate the preparation of pelts for fur clothing. Botanical remains included the common range of cereals but also more unusual items such as figs, plums and cherries. It is possible, but by no means certain, that these remains relate to the diet and economy of the Hospital inhabitants. Later features included a wall probably relating to an 18th-century building, and pits and wells containing 19th-century rubbish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-196
Number of pages15
JournalNorthamptonshire Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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