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Spread Eagle Public House, Wandsworth, London

Gorniak, Mariusz Spread Eagle Public House, Wandsworth, London. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In October 2019, Oxford Archaeology conducted an archaeological evaluation in the car park area to the rear of the Spread Eagle public house in Wandsworth, London. The work was commissioned by Leagate Project Services, on behalf of Young & Co.’s Brewery PLC, for proposed building development. The Spread Eagle is first mentioned in 1664 and a building is evident within the site on Rocque’s map of 1741-5, the first to show the site in any detail. On Corris’ 1787 map, the site is referred to as ‘The Eagle Inn & buildings, gardens etc’. Two trenches, measuring c 4m x 7m at the top and c 2m x 5m at the base, located in the western and eastern part of the site, revealed 1.2 to 1.4m of deposits, layers, pits, surfaces, and walls dating from the early 18th century to the current car park phase. The earliest phase of activity found in the trenches comprised a rubbish pit and finds from a buried former topsoil horizon dating from the first half of the 18th century. The finds included drinking vessels and clay tobacco pipe fragments, no doubt associated with the Spread Eagle or a former tearoom adjacent to the site. Most of the features in the trenches dated from the 19th century when, as shown on historic Ordnance Survey maps, outbuildings were standing in the yard of the Spread Eagle. One of the buildings has been identified as a stable. The buildings were demolished in the latter half of the 20th century. In light of the limited significance of the remains, no further archaeological mitigation is proposed. The trenching results, in conjunction with the deskbased assessment, sufficiently characterise the post-medieval and modern archaeology that is present within the plot.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Greater London
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:5697
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:13 Feb 2020 12:59
Last Modified:13 Feb 2020 12:59

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