Medieval Tide Mill

So – London’s worst-kept archaeological secret is finally proper news, according to a BBC feature the Phantom Webmaster’s kindly forwarded to me.

The remains of the 800 year-old medieval tide mill was found way back last year when they started digging for the Lovell’s Wharf development (see yesterday’s post about that…) but no one was supposed to know about it, and it was all excavated very hush-hushly. I guess the developers didn’t want anyone to make so much fuss that they’d have to incorporate the thing into their plans in some kind of Section 106 museum-type thing.

It’s been taken away to York for conservation, but the BBC article doesn’t say what will become of it once it’s had the necessary spruce-up. I like to think that it will come back to Greenwich as part of a museum of Greenwich’s industrial history (which would be more interesting than it sounds, honest…) but suspect that it will more likely just end up in a museum store somewhere. Probably actually in Greenwich. We have enough museum stores dotted around the locality to keep all of London in artifacts. Sad we can’t actually see any of them.

Still – it’s another little piece of Greenwich Past – and, in its muddy way, as important as anything Royal Greenwich can turf up. It’s an ill wind…


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