53/54 Low Street is a Grade II listed building (NHLE No. 1032517) dating to the late 15th/early 16th century. The properties were originally one house, possibly an open hall. Fronting onto Low Street green the property is clearly shown on the Tithe map (named in the apportionment as 'Cottage and Garden' and owned by Sir Edward Kerrison) and the 1st Edition OS.
The Test Pit lay c.26m to the rear of the property in an area of slightly raised lawn, which indicates previous landscaping across the base of the natural slope. The pit showed a 0.65m thick worked garden topsoil, Context 1, which overlaid a dense and fine dark grey silt, Context 2. A small sondage showed Context 2 to be at least 0.3m thick.
Some fragments ofwares (15th-16th century) and sherds of were identified, together with Iron Glazed blackware ( , 16th-18th century) and a sherd of Raeren stoneware (15th-16th century). Other later sherds of interest include two fragments of Chinese porcelain likely to date to the 18th century. Glass, clay tobacco pipe and iron nails were present, and some evidence of slag-type materials and clinker.
The garden topsoil contained a range of finds, all deriving from the past occupation of the property since the 15th/16th century and its thickness is probably largely due to the apparent landscaping of the gardens at the base of the natural slope. No finds were recovered from Context 2 but this is presumed to be a former soil horizon, possibly medieval in date, and, being at considerable depth, is probably relatively undisturbed.
|Spit No||Context No||Sieved?||Display/ Keep?||Pottery||Post Med/ modern||Medieval||Fired Clay||Mortar/ Plaster||Clay Pipe||Glass||Flint||Slate||Plastic||Iron Nails||Iron Other||Other Metalwork||Animal Bone||Oyster Shell||Land Snail||Comments|
|Spit No||Context No||Display/ Keep?||Post Med/ modern||Medieval||Details|
|1||1||Yes||Victorian + 1|
|2||1||Yes||x 1 (15th-16th C), , (16th-18th C), + Victorian|
|3||1||Yes||Post med including 2 sherds+ 1 sherd Raeren, also|
|4||1||Yes||x 1 (16th-18th C), 18th C + Victorian +|
|5||1||Yes||Victorian +x 1 + 2 sherds Raeren stoneware (L15th-16th C)|
|6||1||Yes||/ x 1 (15th-16th C), 2 , 1 (16th-18th C)|