drain; field

Ceramic field drain, terracotta coloured, horse shoe section, with DRAIN stamped on the back.
Found during the archaeological excavation of the Antonine Wall at Beancross in 1987. It was probably made at the Earl of Zetlands tileworks at Abbotshaugh.
From 1826 field drains were exempt from the tax, unlike roof tiles, if they had the word “DRAIN” on them. The tax was abolishing in 1850 so this drain must date from c1826-1850.
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Dimensions:0 - Whole:L 36cm (L 1' 2 3/16")
Dimensions:0 - Whole:W 13cm (W 5 1/8")
Dimensions:0 - Whole:H 10cm (H 3 15/16")
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