thanks Colin. I have a copy of Kenyon's 'The Glass Industry of the Weald', in which he discusses briefly some of the Woodchester material - interesting to see that apparently the Woodchester workers seem to have used what is described as the only circular (Venetian) type of furnace known in this country - so maybe an integration from Italian into French into British industrial link.
Kenyon was concerned, however, with the Surrey and Sussex Weald forest industry and he, too, mentions the import of workers from France. Interesting to see that some of the Lorraine workers (from the Weald sites) eventually went on to become big cheeses in the Stourbridge and Newcastle industry, when the the nature of the work changed from woodland to coal based glasshouses.
I see from Kenyon that the Woodchester site was discovered by a guy called Marmont around 1880, who spent something like 30 years excavating the area, although almost unbelievable apparently left no written record of his work, and this was only rectified by Daniels in 1950.
Good job that Powell got in when he did, otherwise we'd have even less of a record of the glass types, perhaps.
I did walk around one of the Surrey/Sussex weald sites some few years back, and in small random areas glass fragments are quite common - too small to indicate their original shape or use, but nonetheless attractive with the iridescent colouring - unfortunately, I've since lost them.
quote................"Conspicuous consumption I think it is now called."...............or perhaps originators of the expression 'disposable society'