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Morpeth bottles

Post by GezFisher22 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:27 pm

If anyone living in the Morpeth area is intrested in this fascinating hobby they may like to hear of the finds we had when constructing the new sewage works there in 2012-15. The works and the fields around about must have been the town dump during the 19th and 20th centuries. We excavated 100's of bottles and peices of crockery from those periods mostly intact. Cod bottles, some still with marbles were common and many beer bottles from long defunct local breweries turned up regularly. As I was watching a machine digging a trench, (in passing) a whole tea service came up, including tea pot, but he dropped it smashing everything but a single cup. Savvy people where grabbing the goodies and they ended up on eBay. As I was usualy office bound I missed most of it. The land around about is cultivated and permission may be difficult to get but worth a try. It is owned by a Charlton family.
Another site I usd to dig was near Castle Eden and was a brewery bottle dump for the long gone Nimmos brewery. Its in Castle Eden dene so probably not diggable now.
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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by fred » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:35 pm

There is nothing that I like to find more when I am out mudlarking than a nice bottle. ::g
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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by Spectre73 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:14 pm

Wow - that must have been some sight !

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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:01 pm

Any potters mark on the underside 'Gez'? 'Blue' Willow pattern spans 1700s to present time but some early pieces are unmarked. These things are always worth checking because at a glance an early example 'willow' can often be mistaken for a victorian or more recent pattern.

I mention this as I spotted a (similarly-ish) decorated rare 1760s 'Lowestoft' mug in a junk shop being offered as a 'coffee mug priced £1.95!! Valued by of £800/£1200.

Here's wishing you well and I hope that those elusive blue or green 'Codd' bottles await your discovery to add to your collection ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by GezFisher22 » Mon May 08, 2017 10:24 am

Thanks for the information sweepstick, no potters marks and its earthenware so quite thick. Further research tells me this was the town dump for some time, a landfill that was covered over and then farmed. I think the whole area must be full of "treasure".

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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon May 08, 2017 4:34 pm

GezFisher22 wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 10:24 am
Thanks for the information sweepstick, no potters marks and its earthenware so quite thick. Further research tells me this was the town dump for some time, a landfill that was covered over and then farmed. I think the whole area must be full of "treasure".
Maybe time to do a bit of 'Dump Digging' ::g Regards ss47
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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by Tomdavi20 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:23 pm

GezFisher22 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:27 pm
If anyone living in the Morpeth area is intrested in this fascinating hobby they may like to hear of the finds we had when constructing the new sewage works there in 2012-15. The works and the fields around about must have been the town dump during the 19th and 20th centuries. We excavated 100's of bottles and peices of crockery from those periods mostly intact. Cod bottles, some still with marbles were common and many beer bottles from long defunct local breweries turned up regularly. As I was watching a machine digging a trench, (in passing) a whole tea service came up, including tea pot, but he dropped it smashing everything but a single cup. Savvy people where grabbing the goodies and they ended up on eBay. As I was usualy office bound I missed most of it. The land around about is cultivated and permission may be difficult to get but worth a try. It is owned by a Charlton family.
Another site I usd to dig was near Castle Eden and was a brewery bottle dump for the long gone Nimmos brewery. Its in Castle Eden dene so probably not diggable now. 14932274158161547370554.jpg
Hope you don’t mind me asking, but is this the sewage treatment site next to copies lane?

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Re: Morpeth bottles

Post by GezFisher22 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:49 pm

The works over the main east cost railway line off Coopies Lane.

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