Charterhouse Square: Black Death cemetery and Carthusian monastery, meat market and suburb


Sam Pfizenmaier


The story of London’s Clerkenwell and Smithfield neighbourhood, from prehistory through to the present day, is explored in this book. Archaeological investigations on behalf of Crossrail Ltd showed how this marginal area was occupied in the medieval period by religious houses and a cattle market, and then as London expanded from the 17th century became a densely packed suburb. The victims of multiple plague outbreaks, from the Black Death into the 15th century, were identified in the emergency burial ground established in 1348−9. 17th-century rubbish in the fills of the Faggeswell brook evidences the continuing livestock market and nearby households, some wealthy.

Crossrail Archaeology Series - 7

MOLA 2016 ISBN 978-1-907586-41-5 Ppk 152pp 93 bl/wh and col ills

The Crossrail archive for Charterhouse Square is available online.


This volume is expertly produced and very well presented. It reflects MOLA’s aims to bring their commercial work to a wide audience through their publication programme and it effectively tackles the challenge of being accessible to the non-expert and conveying the academic quality at the core of their work. ...
This is an archaeological site report for the digital age – a visually engaging, concise and accessible volume tied in to a web-based digital project report archive where the finer detail and raw data can be found. It provides a taster of every aspect of the project, and an effective route through which MOLA’s work can reach a wide audience.

Elizabeth Craig-Atkins in Medieval Archaeology 2018