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This photograph shows a fragment of tin glazed earthenware. Tin glazing pottery was very popular during the late 17th and early 18th century primarily to imitate Chinese porcelain (Woods 2012). However with the development of soft paste porcelain in the 1740’s and Staffordshire Creamware by Josiah Wedgwood in 1750 the demand for tin glazed pottery declined (Draper 1984).

This fragment was found in the garden trench (Austin & Dollery 2011). The fragment itself consists of a red earthenware fabric that has been glazed with tin oxide to give a shiny white opaque texture. From further examination of the profile it is likely that this fragment would have once belonged to a plate.

Austin, D. & Dollery, J. The Excavation. In Austin, D [Ed] 2011 Paradise Lost In Search of a Garden before the Garden: Middleton Hall. Report of project conducted in 2011. Heritage Lottery Fund

Draper, J. 1984 Post-Medieval Pottery, 1650-1800. Oxford: Osprey Publishing

Woods, M. 2012 The National Botanic Garden of Wales: A History Through Finds. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Unpublished

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