You do NOT have to feel isolated in S. Wales as far as the above subject is concerned. I live in N. Devon and often feel just as isolated when it comes to NDGTW.
The quick answer is that there is no current research, although there may be in the future, and there has not been a definitive research project in the past.
The person who probably knows more about it than anyone is John Allen at the RAMuseum Exeter. I can recommend:
Allan, J.P., 1984, Medieval & Post-Medieval Finds From Exeter, 1971-1980, Exeter Archaeological Reports:3, Gloucester, Sutton.
Alison Grant has also conducted work and the book below is currently being rewritten and is due for publishing in September:
Grant, A., 1983, North Devon Pottery: The Seventeenth Century, University of Exeter.
You may also find the following helpful:
Watkins, C.M., North Devon Pottery and Its Export to America in the 17th Century, Contribution from the Museum of History and Technology: Paper 13.
Markuson, K. W., 1979, Excavations on the Green Lane Access Site, Barnstaple, 1979. Proc. Devon Archaeol. Soc.
Miles, H., & Miles T., 1975, 'Pilton, North Devon. Excavation within a Medieval Village', Proc. Devon Archaeol. Soc. 33 (1975), 267-296.
Miles, T., 1979, Paiges Lane/Holland Street Excavation. Interim Report (Unpublished 1979).
There were extensive excavations carried out in Barnstaple in the 1970's of the pottery production sites but sadly this was not published and boxes of the material excavated still lie in Barnstaple Museum. Exeter University have recently been carrying out appraisal to enquire if the material should be catalogued and published.
From my own experience I have learned that North Devon Gravel Tempered Ware (NDGTW), and North Devon Smooth Ware (NDSW) probably have its origins much earlier than is currently considered. This has also shown that the transition from medieval to post medieval styles was over a very long period. Barnstaple, Fremington, and Bideford were all centres of pottery production and I have catalogued over 90 rim styles for NDGTW alone. We also get much South Somerset Ware from Donyatt, which can very easily be mistaken for NDGTW, and material from Ham Green, Bristol.
There is a good thesis in the subject for someone.
Hope this helps,
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From: "Karl-James Langford" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 1:43 AM
Subject: North Devon Gravelled Tempered ware
> Is anybody out there conducting research into 'North Devon Gravelled
> Tempered Ware'. I feel a little isolated in South Wales (doesn't anyone
> living here), where I have found at many of my field walking excercises
> over 10 years and my continued excavation at St. Brides major - has
> revealled to distinct types of North Devon Gravelled tempered ware.
> The main type is definitely that imported from North Devon with a heavy
> clay and quartz gravel matrix. The other has a darker glaze from the
> formers tudor green, and is remarkably thinner with smaller gravel matrix.
> Is anyone carry out any research on this ware?
> Karl-James Langford
> Archaeology Cymru