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Early Fancott

The Bedfordshire Historic Environment Record [HER] contains information on the county's historic buildings and landscapes and summaries of each entry can now be found online as part of the Heritage Gateway website.

Around 1850 ingots of nearly pure copper were found at an old brickworks in Fancott along with charcoal and ashes, suggesting smelting was taking place. The copper was found in the same context as Roman pottery of the 1st century AD. A cremation was also found [HER 90]. Bedford Modern School Museum Guide published in 1925 also describes finds of copper ingots which may be identical or may be from a different site [HER 1513].

John Hight Blundell recorded in 1925 that a Romano-British nail, pin and pot as well as animal bone were found beside a footpath. The pottery was the distinctive orange-coloured Samian ware produced in Roman Gaul [HER 1428].