Peats Close

When Peats Close was used for arable farming during the 1990s and early 2000s, Sue Brown and Janet Spavold regularly did fieldwalking surveys.  They showed that Peats Close was a Cistercian was production site, part of Ticknall’s important post-medieval pottery industry. 

When Ticknall Archaeological Research Group (TARG) was launched in 2010 one of the group’s aims was to investigate the Peats Close production site more closely.


A survey was carried out which showed the best places for trenches.

Test Pits

The location for each pit was chosen using information derived from a magnetometry survey done by Archaeological Project Services (APS), supplemented by a resistivity survey done by TARG under the direction of members Keith and Barbara Foster. Analysis of the previous finds by Dr Anne Irving and Lavinia Green of APS showed that pottery production here went back as far as the 1300s. 

We expected to find the pot dumps and kiln sites, as we had found at Church Lane and Ivy Leigh, well below the surface.  We did find evidence of working levels and laid stones, kiln sites, and the remains of a pot dump, all close to the surface, with the natural ground just below. Clearly the site had been levelled when it went out of use, and the pot dumps removed - probably for use on the roads. The pottery sherds suggest that the site went out of use earlier than the Civil War date we had previously thought. A report on the test pit project will be published. A full excavation of the area may take place in the future, to show exactly what happened here.

Thanks go to the 20 valiant TARG members who came to dig on some very hot days, and to The National Trust, Mr M Stanton and Mr & Mrs Hallifield for permission to dig the pits at Peats Close.

A report, including drawings of the finds by TARG members, has been produced which is available for £6, free to TARG members.  Contact

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