23rd Jun, 2018

Medieval roof finial found by Fortis Living takes pride of place at Droitwich Heritage Centre

A UNIQUE piece of the town’s history dating back hundreds of years has taken pride of place at Droitwich Spa Heritage Centre.

The medieval roof finial, dating back to the late 13th century, has been donated to the venue by Fortis Living.

It has been in the care of the housing provider since its discovery during excavations in 1999 prior to the building of Fortis’ Queen Street offices.

The rare artefact is a clay figure of a man riding a horse, is covered in a vibrant green glaze and would have stood out from the tiled rooftop it was fixed to.

Roof finials were probably produced by potters rather than tilers and it is likely this one was specially commissioned to go on a Droitwich town house and made in Worcester.

Horsemen figures were often associated with houses where wealthy people lived.

It appears the man on the finial may have been wearing a crown which could represent a royal connection to the building it was on.

Heritage staff are ‘thrilled’ with the gift as it represents Droitwich’s wealth in medieval times.

They hope to have it on display from April for all to see.

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