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Rotherhithe-Edward III’s Manor House

CBA London trustee Rob Whytehead led a sell-out visit to Rotherhithe on 12 December, where we got a taste of the archaeology and history of this one time village on the Thames.

At Edward III’s moated manor house, Rob described theories on why the manor was built, its history and the archaeology that has revealed its development from 14th to 17th centuries.

We examined the significance of the river and the important shipbuilding and shipbreaking industries that thrived here, and the work of Thames Discovery Programme FROG members in recording what remains.

In Rotherhithe village we popped into St Mary’s church, an attractive Georgian church where the captain and crew of the Mayflower are buried, and had a look at other early buildings that remarkably survived the blitz.

Our final port of call was the Brunel pump house museum, where we were treated to a fascinating guided tour by local resident, actor and volunteer Tim Taylor (he was the doctor attending the dying Simon Callow in Four Weddings and wrote and performed the theme music for Rainbow…). By the time they had crawled through a short metre high tunnel and down scaffolding stairs to the huge chamber of the vertical excavation shaft, the group fully appreciated the revolutionary techniques of the undertaking of building a sub Thames tunnel. The vision and daring of Marc Brunel (father of Isambard, who also worked on the project) resulted in the first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world, in a project that took from 1825 to 1843 to complete.

And afterwards, a large contingent of CBA London members naturally headed for the excellent Mayflower, for a pint of Scurvy (yes, really). Members had some great ideas for future visits, which we’ll follow up in the new year.

Visit at Fulham Palace

tudor courtyard phil and keith at the lodge beside the reexcavated moatExclusive CBA London guided visit to Fulham Palace – Sunday 1 November 2015CBA London’s latest event was an atmospherically foggy visit to Fulham Palace with two of the archaeologists who’ve been investigating the site – Phil Emery since the 1980s, and Keith Woodhouse since the 1970s.

Evidence of habitation on the site goes back to the foundation of a country palace by the 7th century Bishop of London, and further signs of human presence extend into Roman and prehistoric periods. The whole picture is challenging to come by though, as the mainly Tudor Palace is a grade one listed building sitting in a scheduled ancient monument, and includes a very long moat, extensive gardens and numerous structures. Nevertheless, the archaeology has significantly contributed to the direction of the extensive renovations over the past few decades.

The term ‘hidden gem’ is a bit of an overused cliché, but it’s fair to say that this fascinating site and its history came as a big surprise to those who’d not visited before. Just as interesting to explore for many was how the mysteries continue to be cracked, as little keyholes and non-invasive techniques reveal more archaeology to inform the continuing restoration.

Please visit our Events page for more information on upcoming events.

Booking open for LAMAS advocacy training

Further to our post on 2nd June, the booking form is now available for the LAMAS advocacy training.

Getting Your Voice Heard – making effective representations on heritage issues

The LAMAS Historic Buildings and Conservation Committee – in association with the London Forum – is arranging a training seminar on the 18th September to help people make the most effective representations to their Local Planning Authorities, Councillors and Inspectors on proposals which affect historic buildings. This initiative is supported by English Heritage.

The seminar will be run by David McDonald (Heritage Consultant and IHBC Education Secretary) It will be in the GALLERY, COWCROSS STREET in the evening. Numbers will be limited to ensure full participation. There will be a charge (c£10) to cover fees and admin costs but LAMAS will provide a glass of wine to encourage informal discussion at the end of the evening

The seminar will be useful to members of all local archaeological, historical and other amenity societies that are affiliated, either to LAMAS or the London Forum. To book please download the booking form LAMAS training booking form

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CBA London Chair Andrew Dismore speaks up for London Archaeology

Andrew Dismore, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hendon, London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden and honorary Chair of Trustees of the Council of British Archaeology (London) raised the lack of mention of Archaeology in the 2014 ‘Cultural Metropolis’ Mayor’s cultural strategy document in the City Hall Plenary questions session with Munira Mirza, Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture on Tuesday 16th July.

The Council of British Archaeology (London) Chair highlighted the complete lack of references to archaeology in the cultural strategy; the role of archaeology in London’s tourism; the role of historic churches in the arts and tourism; the Museum of London’s position as a hub for archaeological activity; and the growing interest in community archaeology.

The need for consultation in prior to such documents being compiled was emphasised by Mr Dismore.

Fundraising for YAC

YAC walk

 

Photograph courtesy of Charlotte Frearson.

Secretary of Council for British Archaeology London and YAC Branch Leader, Sarah Dhanjal; CBA Trustee, Joe Flatman; and YAC Volunteer, Carla Piper are going to walk 23 miles between the Roman amphitheatres in London and St Albans in Roman costume to raise money for YAC.  You can find out more about YAC, our activities and volunteering your time to get young people involved in archaeology here.

You can show your support by donating here.

New events

We have two visits planned for the Autumn for which initial details are available on the events page.  Booking will open nearer the time.  As always members will be notified be email first and if there are free spaces booking will open to non-members.

Also of interest is the Wealden Iron Research Group’s summer meeting and site visit on 12 July 10-30am to approx. 4pm at Ticehurst Village Hall on Ironworking in the Robertsbridge area,  The afternoon visit will be to Pashley blast furnace & forge site (stout footwear needed).  Entry is free but please reserve a place with Hon Sec Judie English. judie.english@btopenworld.com    Tel 01483 276724.  Also if lunch is required (£10) please book by 4 July or bring a packed lunch.

LAMAS advocacy training event

We’ve had more information on the training day mentioned at the London Archaeology Forum from London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS).

Getting Your Voice Heard – making effective representations on heritage issues

The LAMAS Historic Buildings and Conservation Committee – in association with the London Forum – is arranging a training seminar on the 18th September to help people make the most effective representations to their Local Planning Authorities, Councillors and Inspectors on proposals which affect historic buildings. This initiative is supported by English Heritage.

The seminar will be run by David McDonald (Heritage Consultant and IHBC Education Secretary) It will be in the GALLERY, COWCROSS STREET in the evening. Numbers will be limited to ensure full participation. There will be a charge (c£10) to cover fees and admin costs but LAMAS will provide a glass of wine to encourage informal discussion at the end of the evening

The seminar will be useful to members of all local archaeological, historical and other amenity societies that are affiliated, either to LAMAS or the London Forum.  Full details, including how to book, will appear in July.  Please register advance interest via our contact form and your email will be passed onto LAMAS representatives.