An earthenware Royal Cottage pattern green transfer printed plate which features a romantic view of the Royal Lodge constructed for the Prince Regent at Windsor. " ROYAL / COTTAGE " is marked on the underside of the plate within a garden design. The plate has been broken and reassembled and there are some small chips missing.
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This Royal Cottage pattern plate was discovered during an excavation of the site of the Street homestead in Bell Block, which was burned on 26 October 1860 during the First Taranaki War. The Street Homestead site was excavated in June 2005 by a Geometria team led by Dr Hans-Dieter Bader. It revealed a wealth of information and artefacts which according to the archaeological report published about the excavation highlight " the exploits, achievements and living conditions of the labouring class of British emigrant, an otherwise quiet cohort in the historical record." The site of the homestead is now part of Penrod Drive.
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