Thursday, October 15, 2015

Very rare" Tudor pane found in chute from toilets to moat at Henry VIII palace

Archaeologists have discovered a “very rare” triangular artefact from the Tudor period in Enfield, emerging on the former grounds of a palace loved by Henry VIII and stayed at by Queen Margaret of Scotland.

In the culmination of their Festival of Archaeology investigations at Forty Hall Estate, repeatedly used by Henry VIII for hunting in its former guise as Elsyng Palace, Enfield Archaeology Society unearthed a complete window pane, removing the ancient object from the ground to cheers from onlookers.

“This was found in a guarderobe chute - basically the chute from the toilets into the moat - at Henry VIII’s Elsyng Palace in the grounds of the hall on the final day, last Sunday, of the annual excavations,” says Dr Martin Dearne, the Society’s Director of Excavations. “We were tracing the outline of the palace, once home to the future Edward VI and ‘Bloody’ Mary as children, and in the process found this chute full of demolition material from 1657 when the palace was demolished.

“Quite deep within it was a dump of window glass and lead cames – the channelling that ran round each pane.

“Those are not all that unusual, but there was also the complete triangular pane with its leads still intact – and that really is very rare.”

The work was supported by the borough of Enfield and carried out alongside Enfield Museum Service.

Miller, Ben. 2015. “"Very rare" Tudor pane found in chute from toilets to moat at Henry VIII palace”. Culture 24. Posted: July 24, 2015. Available online:

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