Another in the series on the history of London up to the time of the Great Fire of 1666, largely taken from my book, “The Flower Of All Cities” (Amberley, 2019) …
A series of Museum of London and other publications either describe in detail or summarise the findings of archaeological excavations at various post-Medieval sites around the City.
There are some useful identification guides in Lara Maiklem’s new book, “A Field Guide to Larking“.
The more important archaeological finds from post-Medieval London are on exhibition in the City’s principal museums. The Museum of London houses an extensive collection.
The commonest post-Medieval finds on the foreshore of the Thames are sherds of – glazed – pottery, fragments of roofing, wall, hearth and floor tile, and clay pipes. Roofing tiles are sometimes found with small angular holes for metal nails. Tobacco was expensive when it was first introduced in the late sixteenth century, but became cheaper over the course of the seventeenth, so early clay pipe bowls are typically small, and later ones larger.
Typical Tudor finds include imported German “Bartmann” or “Bellarmine” drinking-vessels; …
… Stuart ones, locally manufactured imitation “Delftware” table-wares (from Potters Fields and elsewhere).
Please note that the removal of any finds from the foreshore is now only allowed under licence from the Port of London Authority.