Newsletter 002 January 1970


Our second Newsletter reaches you slightly later than we intended. Various complications, not least of them the 'flu epidemic, have delayed it. First, here is news of

Forthcoming Meetings

8.15pm Central Library, The Burroughs, N.W.4

Feb 3rd Archaeology and the Camera – a Survey Our vice-Chairman, Edward Sammes, will show slides of field monuments visited and digs undertaken in various parts of the country. He calls it “a quick run-through from prehistory to the 19th Century.”

March 3rd. Coins in Archaeology. The first time the society has had a talk on this topic, which so often provides important dating evidence. The lecturer will be coin expert G. Smookler.

April 14th. A talk by Mrs. Hiscock, Archivist to the London Borough of Barnet, on the Borough's local history collections. This will provide an opportunity for members to meet our new Archivist, appointed last year to the Central Library. It will also give those members interested in doing research in the Borough a chance to ask questions and get first-hand information about local sources.

Please note that this lecture will be held, at the library's request, on the second Tuesday of the month instead of our customary first Tuesday.

Outings Summer 1970

Dates:- March 21st, April 25th, May 30th, July 4th, September 19th.

Places we shall visit:- Regency Pavilion, Brighton, The Vyne, Basingstone and Calleva Museum, Sichester, nr. Reading, Ignthem Mote ? and Lullingstone Castle, Ragley Hall, Alchester, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, Burghley House, Stamford. Loncs.


Since the last Newsletter we have heard lectures on Roman pottery kilns at Brauhing (by Bernard Barr) and prehistoric water engineering at Pezohora, on the Gulf of Corinth (by R.A. Tomlinson). We also saw a 90-minute colour film, “Palaces of a Queen”, which took us round the art treasures and history of Windsor, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham Palace, Frogmore and Holyrood House.

Mr. Barr's adaptation of Quadrant excavation (commonly used for Bronze Age round Barrows) to an almost Ploughed out Roman pottery kiln was both interesting and instructive. The horizonal-draught kiln found at Baughing must, I think, be the most northerly of this rare type known in Britain. Digging at Braughing, a very varied site, continues in 1970 and Mr. Barr indicated thate volunteers from our Society would be welcome when he tackles a possible early Roman fort this coming summer.

Mr. Tomlinson's discussion of the complex of water raising machinery and storage tanks at the otherwise waterless temple of Hera at Perachora was an eye-opener on the unsuspected engineering skill of 5/3rd century B.C. Greece. His excellent slides of sunny digging days by the blue Aegean were a splendid tonic for a colde January Evening in N.W.4.

Notes from the Archivist

Palaeolithic finds from High Lodge

The proposed exhibition at the British Museum of Palaeolithic finds from High Lodge, mentioned in the last Newsletter, was abandoned; we understand it is now unlikely to take place. Apologies to members who made a special trip to see it.

Graeco-Roman galleries

We hope they may have looked instead at the new Graeco-Roman galleries, opened a few months ago. There are worth a special visit. Largely arranged by designer of the Fishbourne museum, they run from the Bronze Age of Greece to the end of the Roman imperial era. Apart from the intrinsic interest of the objects, display methods and lighting are outstanding. See specially the frieze from the temple of Bassae, on display now for the first time since the war.

Church Farm Museum

Nearer home, the present exhibition at Church Farm Museum – paintings and drawing of the district in the 20th century – has much to interest any local historian and any Hendon resident with a taste for nostalgia. It continues until February 15th.


Nonsuch: An exhibition on this “lost” Tudor Palace is at the London Museum till Arpil 19th. This is Henry VIII's “pleasure dome between Ewell and Epsom” which showed an astonished 16th century England the new Renaissance techniques of gilded slate and plaster work. Members will recall enjoying a lecture about Nonsuch in the eary days of this Society. A short article appears in the Winter, 1969, issue of London Archaeologist.

Hendon's Roman Burial Urn

Members may remember seeing, at a meeting some years ago, the late 1st/early 2nd century cremation urn found in the garden of a house in Sunny Gardens, N.W.4. The owner had kindly lent it to our Society for study. The urn has now been published in Trans. London & Middlesex Archaeological Society Vol. 22. Pt.2 (1969). An offprint of this article has been deposited in the Local History Collection at Central Library, Hendon, N.W.4.

Battle of Barnet

The quincentenary of this battle, climax of the Wars of the Roses, falls on April 14th 1971. Our Society felt the event ought not to go unnoticed, and so convened a meeting of other local societies to discuss possible joint celebrations. A small committee has now been formed, and various preliminary arrangements are in hand, including those for borrowing armour and weapons of the period, maps, insignia and documents to form the basis of an exhibition.

The Newsletter will report development from time to time, and later members of our Society who wish to do so will have ample opportunity to help both with the preperations for and the running of this event.

Industrial Archaeology

In November our Society was asked by the Greater London Industrial Archaeological Society to undertake the recording of the industrial monuments of the London Borough of Barnet, and we agreed to do so.

The object is to provide not only a record which will be housed at the Central Library, N.W.4., but a duplicate record to go into the national industrial archaeological archives. Eleven members are already working on various projects, ranging from a group of four recording the Mill Hill gasworks at Bittacy Hill before it goes out of production to a member who has undertaken a survey of the remains of old forges in the Borough.

In so large an area there is work for any number of volunteers. It can be done as and when you are able to fit it in; and the variety of subject is great, from old post-boxes (can anyone send details of any Victorian post-boxes still in use in Barnet?) to a major project such as recording the remaining (and fast vanishing) farm buildings of north-west Middlesex. If you have any time to spare, and would like to help, your offer will be most warmly appreciated – please ring Brigid Grafton Green (number given).

Archive Notes

Archive Notes

In the Outings Summer 1970 section the name Ignthem Mote. It was difficult to read the page and not certain this is correct. Please take a look at and check.