Roman burials, medieval tenements and suburban growth: 201 Bishopsgate, City of London


Dan Swift


Excavations to the north of Liverpool Street Station uncovered evidence of Londinium’s northern cemetery along the west side of Ermine Street, consisting of two phases of inhumation burials in wooden coffins and associated structures. A marsh formed early in the post-Roman period but the area became the property of the priory and hospital of St Mary without Bishopsgate (later St Mary Spital) by the 13th century. The priory drain ran across the site to a marshy area to the west. As Bishopsgate Street became built up the priory and its tenants gave way to private dwellings. The site was intensively developed from the 17th century onwards, reflecting the expansion of London’s suburbs.

Archaeology Studies Series 10

MoLAS, London 2003. ISBN 1-901992-41-1. Pb89pp. 69 bl/wh ills.


"In keeping with other titles in the series, the work is excellently illustrated, well organised and supported by concise specialist appendices, mercifully expressed without recourse to abstract terminology. In these aspects the book represents a fine work of compression of substantial value to our understanding of the extra-mural settlement of Roman, medieval and post-medieval London."
Stuart Brookes in London Archaeologist Spring 2005

"MoLAS studies nos 10 and 11 (Roman burials, medieval tenements and suburban growth by Dan Swift, and Investigating the maritime history of Rotherhithe: excavations at Pacific Wharf, 165 Rotherhithe Street, Southwark by Kieron Heard with Damian Goodburn) in their series demonstrate the confidence derived from their editorial and production experience. Integration of the different contributions has been well thought through, and systematically presented, graphics and layout are well designed, to a format familiar to their readership."
Review in Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society 2005