The Royal Navy victualling yard, East Smithfield, London


 Ian Grainger, Christopher Phillpotts


London’s Royal Navy victualling yard, the first large-scale naval food supply base in Britain, was founded in 1560 and closed in 1785, having proved inadequate for the needs of the expanding Georgian navy. A substantial part of the ground plan of the yard was recorded and combined with documentary evidence to identify slaughterhouses and yards, salt houses and pickling sheds, bakeries, coopers’ workshops, storehouses, and the offices and dwellings of yard personnel. The work reported on here represents the most extensive excavation and post-excavation analysis of an early post-medieval naval victualling establishment in this country and will be of especial interest to archaeologists and naval historians.

Monograph Series 45

MOLA 2010. ISBN 978-1-901992-89-2. Hb 144pp. 80 bl/wh


"The excavated remains – low walls, brick floors, pits – are unexciting, and would have been hard to interpret without written records. But these are extensive, and have been integrated with the physical remains to produce a vivid narrative."
Paul Stamper in British Archaeology 2010

"This excavation has brought into sharper focus the working, and in some cases the domestic, lives of the men and women who worked and lived in and around the yard."
Ann Coats in International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 2011

"… a fascinating account of supplying the Royal Navy during this period. This is an excellent and well produced volume and for those interested in the topic – well worth the low price."
Dave Perett in the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Newsletter 2011