London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

Houses, daily life and neighbourhoods

London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City - John Schofield

John Schofield [+-]
Museum of London (retired)
John Schofield is now retired from the Museum of London, and is an archaeologist writing various books and reports. He is archaeologist for St Paul's Cathedral, London, and has produced a large report 'St Paul's Cathedral before Wren', published by English Heritage in 2011. Also in 2011 he published 'London 1100-1600' for Equinox Press, in the series Archaeology of Medieval Europe, of which he is series editor. This book was awarded the London Archaeological Prize for the best archaeological publication in London in the years 2011-12, on 16 November 2012.


Throughout the period 1100 to 1600, the majority of secular buildings in the London area were timber-framed, that is built of wooden frames infilled with a variety of smaller timbers, laths, plaster and earth, and later brick; and partly because of this, as well as because of the frequent rebuilding, there are only a handful of examples surviving today. But study of the available information in documents, drawings and excavations is showing that houses can reveal much about the life conducted in and around them. This discussion looks first at developments in the plans of houses, and then tightens the focus of enquiry to some aspects of individual rooms and spaces, decoration and materials. Because of the heavy bias of information towards the central conurbation in the Middle Ages (the City, Westminster and Southwark), the first section is itself divided into a comparatively detailed treatment of the conurbation, followed by an outline of some of the developments in rural housing

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Schofield, John. Houses, daily life and neighbourhoods. London, 1100-1600 - The Archaeology of a Capital City. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 60 - 113 Oct 2011. ISBN 9781908049728. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19568. Oct 2011

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