Medieval river wall found at Houses of Parliament

Exciting news today that a previously undiscovered part of the Medieval wall in Black Rod's Gardenmedieval Palace of Westminster has been found.

Practically all the medieval building disappeared in the great fire of 1834, with only Westminster Hall, the Undercroft Chapel, the Cloisters and Chapter House of St Stephen’s and the Jewel Tower surviving. After the fire the present gothic-style building was erected.

Now work going on to construct a new basement transformer room in Black Rod’s Garden, (at the House of Lords end of the site), has uncovered some exciting discoveries.   The Museum of London Archaeology experts have found a medieval river wall.   The stone wall dates from about 1300 and stands  about nine feet high.   Then in front of the stone wall were the oldest finds, timber beams from a waterfront retaining wall dating from before the 13th century. 

Both the stone wall and the timber remains are in quite good condition and, having been recorded, have been re-covered using sand. 

Here’s the whole story.

 

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Published in: on April 28, 2015 at 1:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Abandoned Medieval Villages

Historic England has a blog called Heritage Calling.   It has some Wharram Percy abandoned medieval villagesfascinating posts and this one caught our eye.   It is 7 Abandoned Villages That Can Teach Us About Medieval Life and shows aerial pictures of each of the seven which clearly show the layout of a village.

Here’s the link to the post.

Published in: on April 11, 2015 at 2:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Pitch applications for traders and exhibitors

We are now pleased to receive applications for pitches from Traders and Exhibitors.

There is a Special Early Bird Discount for applications received and paid for by 31st May.

Click on     Pitch Application Forms    in the side menu,

or you can find the pdf Application Form here.      2015 Craft Fair Application Form

Published in: on April 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New website coming for King Harold Day

We have a brand new website for King Harold Day coming soon.   Watch out for it.   At the moment it does mean that our existing website will disappear, with a Holding Page for its internet address of http://www.kingharoldday.co.uk

So this Blog will continue to be our window to the world.   All our news will be on here.

Published in: on April 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to Historic England

Today, 1st April 2015, English Heritage has split into two separate parts:-  a charity that looks after the collections of houses, abbeys, castles and their contents;  and Historic England that champions the nation’s wider heritage, running the listing system, dealing with planning matters and giving grants.

We look forward to Historic England’s working with the town of Waltham Abbey to preserve the Abbey Gateway and the monastic remains.   The whole Abbey site is an ancient monument.

 

 

Medieval devotional panel found by Thames

This wonderful medieval devotional panel was found on the River 14 century devotional panel found in ThamesThames foreshore in London.   It is an outstanding example of  the kind of  decorative religious object sold at pilgrimage sites in the medieval period to commemorate and venerate saints and martyrs.   So it could well be that similar things were on sale at the monastic church at Waltham, particularly the Great Augustinian Abbey as the panel found dates from the 14th century.

The devotional panel is now on display at the Museum of London.   Depicting the capture, trial and execution of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, political rebel turned martyr, the object was discovered by archaeologists from MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), whilst excavating by the River Thames in  London.

You can read the whole story here.