Volume 16, Number 8
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Prehistoric Activity at Ive Farm, Leyton
Excavations have revealed further evidence relating to the prehistoric development of the Lea Valley
Shane Maher, Barry Bishop and Jon Cotton
Medieval and Post-Medieval Remains in Islington
Medieval ditches and post-medieval activity have revealed a series of buildings and their related finds
Ireneo Grosso, with contributions from Märit Gaimster, Chris Jarrett and Berni Sudds
The Industrial Landscape at Tottenham Hale
Excavations at Hale Wharf provided an opportunity to examine the mill complex during the 16th to 19th centuries set in the industrial landscape of Tottenham Hale
Plus book review, letter, commentary, news, and diary
On the Cover
Excavations by PCA at Brandon House in Southwark in uncovered this bowling ball, probably made of lignum vitae — a hard durable wood — it is in remarkably good condition. Inscribed HR (see above), the initials may stand for Henricus Rex, or Henry Vlll a king who very much liked bowling. Henry's palaces — Hampton Court, Nonsuch and Whitehall — all included bowling alleys.
Brandon House lay on the west side of Borough High Street (see LA 14 (6) (201 5), 1 60—1) and was the main residence of Charles Brandon, the first Duke of Suffolk, a military leader and courtier. Brandon was a close friend of Henry Vlll, and became his brother-in- law when he married Henry's sister, Mary Tudor.
Games such as tennis, wrestling, jousting and bowling provided exercise for the elite, allowing them not just to socialise but also to scheme with their peers. They chose the shape of the bowling ball — either flatter, round weighted or round depending on the type of playing surface.
Photo: © PCA