The London Millennium Bridge: excavation of the medieval and later waterfronts at Peter’s Hill, City of London, and Bankside, Southwark


Julian Ayre, Robin Wroe-Brown


This volume presents the results of archaeological work on the site of the London Millennium Bridge, where excavations on the banks of the Thames revealed important medieval waterfronts and associated structures dating from the 12th century onwards. On the City side the revetments incorporated a narrow inlet between properties, reached by Boss Lane. In the 14th and 15th centuries masonry river walls extended the properties south into the Thames and created large docks. Eventually the docks silted up and the inlet was filled in. A similar sequence of waterfronts was uncovered on the Southwark bank, including a 12th-century jetty, a remarkable sequence of timber and brick drains, and rare fragments of two river vessels known as ‘Western Barges’.

Archaeology Studies Series 6

MoLAS, London 2002. ISBN 1-901992-25-X. Pb101pp. 113 bl/wh ills.


"The editors are to be commended on the general accuracy and succinctness of their scholarly and readable report."
Timm Weski in International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 2004