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Bankside (Paperback)

Excavations at Benbow House, Southwark, London, SE1

P&S History > Archaeology > British Archaeology P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Archaeology

Imprint: MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)
Series: MoLAS Monograph
Pages: 68
Illustrations: 35 b/w figs, 6 tables
ISBN: 9781901992120
Published: 1st December 2000
Casemate UK Academic

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The multi-period site of Benbow House lies next to the Thames, and is a fine example of the multifarious and colourful activities that took place in London over the centuries. The earliest extant evidence of human activity within the excavation area was an attempt at land consolidation in the 12th or 13th century. This was followed by three periods of building from the 13th century onwards. Nine or ten buildings can be dated to the 13th and 14th centuries, and probably included the remains of 'stews' - inns or brothels known from documentary sources. Further buildings were constructed in the 16th and 17th centuries, including a possible animal-baiting arena. The final phase of the excavated evidence included the remains of 18th- and 19th-century brick buildings reflecting the later use of the site as a foundry and metalworks.

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