Next Fieldworkers Talk

Leicestershire Fieldworkers


Middle Anglo-Saxon Sites at Bottesford and Claybrooke

A talk by Kris Poole, York Archaeology

Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm

Stoneygate Baptist Church, London Road, Leicester LE2 3ND

The talk will discuss recent work by York Archaeology on two sites of Anglo-Saxon date in Leicestershire: Bottesford, in the north-east of the county, and Claybrooke Magna, in the south-west. Excavations at both sites have revealed definite evidence for activity during the Middle Saxon period, a relatively rare finding for the county. Despite their similar dating, the two sites are very different in form and, perhaps in character. Finds at Claybrooke were limited, but those from Bottesford included dress accessories and, most notably, Ipswich Ware, representing one of the westernmost findspots in the country. The significance of these findings and what they mean for Leicestershire and the East Midlands will also be considered.

Kris is a Post-Excavation Manager at York Archaeology. He did his PhD at the University of Nottingham. Anglo-Saxon England is a particular research interest of his.


Our next lecture will be at Stoneygate Baptist Church on London Road, Leicester, LE2 3ND, close to the Knighton Road / Stoughton Road traffic lights. There is parking in front of and to the rear of the building but we know there will be other users of the building so it may not be enough. We will have stewards to guide traffic but recommend parking on Toller Road, a short distance away on the town centre side of the church. We will open the doors at 7pm and we hope to offer refreshments.

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We hope to live stream the lecture for those who do not want to, or cannot, attend in person. A Zoom link will be sent to all Fieldworker members on the day of the talk.