Roman Remains

The Museum of London Archaeological Service has given the school material from recent excavations. We could make up a small section of a Roman hypocaust floor and decorated wall.    We have also some roof tiles, some pieces of flat tile and some Ragstone.  With these we could make up a very small piece of Roman roof and also a narrow section of a wall tied together with flat tiles like the one in the illustration.

We have the tesserae from a Roman floor which have been made up into a small tile and built into the curved brick wall. More work of this sort could be done.

Bermondsey Abbey

The Museum has also given us a number of ceramic floor tiles, each about 30cms square and 3cms thick, from Bermondsey Abbey. This was a medieval foundation and we could lay a square of the actual tiles on which the monks stood five times a day to sing their orisons.


The illustration shows Dr Robinson examining one of the columns of St Stephen's Church, in Pond Street, Hampstead. This derelict building was by Teulon, a very famous architect in his day, who used a great variety of materials side by side. The column has a limestone capital on a New Red Sandstone column. The rain water ran off the Limestone but the Sandstone is much more porous and it absorbed the water. When the frosts came each winter, the water in the sandstone expanded and blew off the outside layers of Sandstone. The Sandstone suffered much more erosion than the Limestone, because it was wetter when the frosts came.

Eric Robinson at St Stephen's, Pond Sheet.

Roman brick and tile wall.

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