The Pottery and Clay Tobacco Pipe Industries

of Rainford, St Helens New Research

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This is the first of two monographs which presents the results of archaeological and historical research in the village of Rainford, near St Helens, Merseyside. The manufacture of pottery and clay tobacco pipes became an important cottage industry for the local community. Archaeological excavations between 2011 and 2014 as part of the Rainford's Roots Community Archaeology Project, undertaken with a grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund, focused on these industries and produced regionally significant groups of 16th- and 17th-century pottery, and clay tobacco pipes dating from the 17th through to the early 20th century. This book explores the fresh evidence from the excavations, as well as the results of meticulous historical research into the pottery industry of Rainford and its surrounding area and into the lives of the people who lived in Rainford from the 17th century onwards.

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Format: Paperback, 226 pages

Dimensions: 29.7 x 21 x 1.5cm

Publisher: Merseyside Archaeological Society 2015

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