Tyne and Wear HER(13285): Dinnington, Fox Covert, monastic grange, well - Details
Dinnington, Fox Covert, monastic grange, well
Water Supply and Drainage
Water Storage Site
A stone-lined well of exceptional quality. It was 7.8m deep and 0.75m wide. The lowest 2m had been excavated through bedrock. It had a rounded base. The stone lining was made of dressed stones. Four dressed blocks of the stone well-head were located at the base, suggesting demolition or destruction, and a near complete Buff White jug of likely late 13th century date, broken into many pieces. The fill was waterlogged from a depth of 3.80m. A finely dressed stone that would have formed the top course of the wellhead was recovered from a nearby ditch. The fill at the top of the well shaft contained clay pipe and brick. A complete cattle metatarsal was found in the well - estimated withers height of 1.12m, which is within the usual range for medieval cattle. A new born puppy was represented by bones recovered by hand and from sampling. Partial skeletons of juvenile domestic fowl and fragments of eggshell.
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