Ivy Street Chess Piece

Medieval, 13th century

This 700 year old walrus ivory chess piece was found in Ivy Street, Salisbury, by the superintendent of drainage works (who was working on the installation of sewers and piped water throughout Salisbury in the 1850s). During the drainage works many objects were salvaged and these were brought together as 'The Drainage Collection', which resulted in the foundation of Salisbury Museum in 1860.

The chess piece is featured in this behind the scenes tour video on YouTube


Other items in the Archaeology collection