Friends Studies

Artefacts from the Gardens

Several artefacts found in the soil of the Gardens have been identified by staff of Reading Museum. They include a 19th century glazed stone bottle, German in origin probably to contain mineral water, a bowl of a 16th century clay pipe and various pieces of ceramic ware. Also found was a small iron shoe, possibly a goat's shoe. In the 19th century, a goat was sometimes shod to enable it to pull a small carriage for a child's use after being trained to harness. Artefacts are held in the gardens by our Head Gardener, Will Paice.