Near complete drinking mug (reconstructed) with frilled foot. Late Medieval Raeren stoneware from Flanders.
From the late 15th century, small Raeren drinking jugs were widely distributed across Britain and are commonly found in archaeological assemblages ‘from royal palace to peasant houses’ by 1550. This helps to demonstrate the importance of the English east coast for contact and trade links with the Continent. This artefact was recovered during an excavation of the castle moat between 1912 and 1914 by William Weir at the bequest of Lord Curzon as part of the site’s restoration works. Around 1,300 objects were found during this excavation and largely date to the medieval and post-medieval periods when the castle was occupied. The collection comprises pottery, ceramic building material, plaster, worked stone, vessel and window glass, metal work and clay pipe.