The Archaeology

The layout of three rooms can be seen clearlyThe layout of three rooms can be seen clearlyOur excavations at this site found that in late 16th or early 17th century a manor house was built on the site of what later became Battersea Flour Mills in south London. Evidence from the excavation and documents indicate that the house was probably built by the St John family in the early 17th century.
 
By this time the site was a prestigious and prominent riverside location in what was a dynamic and expanding city.
 
The house, which was shaped like an H, was constructed largely of brick. Contemporary maps indicate extensive formal gardens to the north and east.
 
Part of the northern range was well preserved and the layout of at least three rooms can be clearly seen (photograph). Beneath the southern section was a large (5 x 6 m) brick built cellar, with a surviving flight of steps leading in to it. We also found that a riverside wall was built, to reduce the risk of flooding to the house
 
We found a section of leaded window in what was a cellar. Although the fragment was crushed, reconstruction shows that the window had a simple diamond pattern with translucent light green glass.