In the late 3rd and 4th centuries there was an extensive pottery industry where now stands the Churchill hospital.
The most popular item produced was the mortarium, a heavy gritted bowl for pounding vegetables and herbs to make sauces and sausages, two favourite Roman foods.
This piece is scratched with the potter's name 'Tamesibugus fecit' (made by the dweller by the Thames). This is the first name we have of someone we know was living in the area.
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