The Pingsdorf Pitcher as it is known was the best archaeological discovery at an excavation done in 2001. The discovery of the pitcher is historically significant to Hedon because it proves that continental trade was being conducted in the place during the 12th century when it was the 11th largest port in England.
The dig was done at the behest of the Hedon landowner Mr John Page who said that at the time he lived only 150 – 200 yards away from the site where the pitcher was found. Through Mr Page’s generosity the pitcher has remained in Hedon and been displayed at Hedon Museum. However, the benefactor’s support for the town’s history has now been exemplified through his formal handover of the artefact to the ownership of the town via the Hedon Museum.At a pleasant social event at the Hedon Museum on Saturday 5th September 2015 the Pingsdorf Pitcher was ceremonially and formally handed over into the safe-keeping of the museum.
The 669th Hedon Mayor, Councillor Neil Black was delighted to accept the treasured jar which for the purposes of the handover was represented by a framed photograph, the pitcher itself being far too fragile to be handled. The photograph was later presented to Mr Page and his wife Judy.
The Pingsdorf Pitcher is on display at Hedon Museum on open days Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. Just follow the signs in Hedon Town Centre to find the Museum.