In 17th-century England, the village of Norton St Philip was well known as a center for the manufacture of clay tobacco pipes. In recent years, however, discoveries have shown that pipes were not the only things they made, as among a variety of interesting objects are some quite remarkable beads.
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"Pipeclay Beads from Norton St Philip, England."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
27: 25-28. Available at: