|Section of Medieval Surrey Whiteware Jug Handle found Mudlarking on Thames Foreshore|
|The rim and top of Medieval Jug Handle 1240-1500|
When I picked them up from the Thames foreshore, I just assumed that the ‘stabbing’ and slash marks were decoration. Their other function was to stop the thick sections from fracturing. Insertions allowed water to be expelled from the clay when it was fired, preventing pressure building, thus averting cracks and splits.
These pieces could be Surrey whiteware, produced in Kingston up on Thames, Cheam or Farnborough, between 1240-1500, but perhaps they are too pale? Both have traces of green glaze. The intact jugs are likely to have looked like the one below.