Evidence of early modern settlement and industry from sites in Richmond and Mortlake demonstrates the archaeological potential of north Surrey’s small towns and their rapid growth. At George Street, Richmond, properties were subdivided throughout the 17th century and occupied by people of modest means. Excavations between Mortlake High Street and the Thames uncovered significant evidence of industries, including a pre-1682 wharf, a tapestry works (1619–1703), a sugar house (1743), pot houses (1743–1830), malt houses (1791 and 1830), a shoeing smithy, and a First World War factory. An important assemblage of 18th-century tin-glazed pottery is described in an illustrated catalogue.
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