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Any old rubbish: Cesspit 2

Finds uncovered from cesspit uncovered at Liverpool Street
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Two brick-built cesspits, for household toilet waste, were excavated relating to No. 1 Brokers Row, now Blomfield Street. This area was well-known for furniture manufacturing and dealing. Both cesspits were in use in the 18th century, one for the Clitherows and the other for their tenants.

Cesspit 2:

The objects on the right are a selection of those from the cesspit used by other tenants of the building. This cesspit was infilled with rubbish that dated mainly to the 1780s to 1820s. It included at least 65 glass bottles and over 21 glass pharmaceutical phials, including many complete examples [1]. Chinese porcelain tea bowls, saucers and larger bowls were again common [2], but this assemblage was dominated by tablewares, such as dinner plates [3]. The black basalt ware lid has a seated classical figure on it, possibly a sibyl [4]. An unusual find was a gold 400 reis piece of King João (John) V of Portugal [5], dated 1721 and minted in Lisbon. It may have been kept for its gold content.