Page images
PDF
EPUB

I am indebted to my friend the Vicar of Ilkeston for the foregoing information as to the stones and brasses, etc., discovered by him, as well as for the following notes about a monumental slab, which it is well to refer to here. All the brasses have gone from the stone ; only the matrices remain. In fact, every vestige of antiquity seems to have been removed from Ilkeston Church which it was possible to clear away. The nave and chancelarches and stone chancel-screen remain, but even the outer walls (north and south) have been rebuilt as well as the tower. "Of the altar tomb", writes the Vicar, "which formerly occupied the site near to where the Cantilupe tomb now stands, the top slab, about 9 ft. by 4 ft., bearing the engraved matrices which once contained the fine brass effigy of a clergyman in his habit', has been lying in the churchyard since 1885. Mr. Walker, the architect, at the restoration (so called) in that year, attributed to this tomb a date anterior to that of the chancel itself. If that be so, in all probability it was removed from the nave at the time the chancel was built. However that may be, the fact that such an ancient altar tomb should have been utterly discarded, even though it was in a dilapidated condition, seems incredible."

In 1852, when Sir Stephen Glynne was at the church, he describes this tomb as being at the north side of the altar, having, besides the upper slab of Purbeck marble, from which the brasses have been removed, sides of alabaster with "pierced arches, which are trefoiled and hollow within. There are three arches on the sides and two at the ends." There were also seventeenth century brasses, which were swept away in 1855.

During the recent work of the Great Northern Railway, in their extension from Heanor to Ilkeston, some men employed on the line discovered an unglazed earthen jar, full of Roman coins. It was found on the Shipley estate of Mr. Miller Mundy, whose agent, Mr. Smith, possesses the relics of the vessel, which was hopelessly smashed. The workmen, not knowing the value of the vessel and its contents, the latter were quickly disseminated. Some of them passed into the hands of the Vicar of Ilkeston, who gives the writer the following particulars about

them. The earthen vessel, it should be stated, was found only a foot below the surface: Victorinus, A.D. 265-267; Tetricus II, A.D. 273; Postumus, A.D. 258-267; Tetricus I, A.D. 268-273; Gallienus, A.D. 253-268; Claudius II, A.D. 268-270; Constantine the Great, A.D. 306-337. Another lot is now in the possession of another friend of the writer's, Mr. William Fletcher of Ilkeston. They are thirty-seven in number.

FRAGMENT OF BRONZE BELL.

POTTER'S IMPLEMENT.

BRONZE FIBULA.

ROMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DONCASTER (Exact Size).

EA.Green, Lith, Doncastan

[graphic][graphic]

ROMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DONCASTER.

BY F. R. FAIRBANK, M.D., F.S.A.

(Read 2 March 1892.)

EVIDENCES of the Roman occupation of Danum, or Doncaster, bave on many occasions been found during excavations. They have consisted chiefly of pottery, with some coins, and an altar now in the museum at York. It is my present purpose to call attention to various objects of interest found during excavations made in High Street, in the year 1885, for the new buildings of "The Yorkshire Bank". The objects are of the usual character, but there are some points about them which appear worthy of attention. They are as follows:

1. Fragment of a mortarium, with potter's mark.

2. Fragment of a bowl with a deep rim; the base shows the grain of the wood of the wheel on which it was turned.

3. Pedestal of a vase, or "standing cup", with a frill ornament round the base. This fragment shows that the bowl was made separately, and fixed on to the pedestal while the clay was moist. The junction was imperfect, for the two portions have parted company. There are specimens of vases similar to this in the British Museum.

4. Two fragments of a patera of Samian ware, with the lotus leaf pattern on the brim.

5. Fragment of a patera of Samian ware, with the potter's mark in the centre, MARCELLI. M |

6. Fragment of patera of Samian ware, originally 23 ins. in diameter, and 1 in. high, bearing potter's mark, SENIIA|

[ocr errors]

7. Fragment of Samian bowl, highly ornamented on the outside.

8. Fragment of a bowl of red ware of a very inferior quality. The bowl was 6 ins. in diameter and 23 ins. high. It somewhat resembles Samian ware in colour, but it was probably a local imitation. There is a hunting

« PreviousContinue »