Kew Bridge Road, Brentford
Excavations undertaken in advance of proposed development on the site of the former Kew Bridge House, adjacent to Kew Bridge, revealed archaeological features and artefacts ranging in date from the Neolithic to the 20th century. An Early Neolithic pit containing Plain Bowl pottery was recorded. A shallow ditch and a small assemblage of Late Bronze Age pottery point to some late prehistoric settlement in the area. Field boundaries of late medieval or early post-medieval ditches were identified. The earliest structural remains may be linked to a ferry service established in the second half of the 17th century. A later L-shaped building, depicted on a mid-18th-century map, probably served an industrial purpose, and was subsequently altered and expanded for use as a malthouse in the 19th century. This closed and was demolished in the early 20th century, followed shortly after by what had been a public house and later a hotel to the south, the sequence of growth and decline reflecting the changing character of Brentford’s waterfront over three centuries.
A report on the site will be published in the London Archaeologist read the full description here or download the pdf below.