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The priory and manor of Hounslow: excavations at Hounslow Police Station, Montague Road, Hounslow

Robert Cowie

Excavations during 1995 at Hounslow Police Station uncovered archaeological evidence for Hounslow Priory, which historical sources suggest was in existence by c 1200, and for the post-Dissolution manor. Remains relating to the religious house included strata dated to the 14th or 15th centuries, and a ditch backfilled in the late 15th century. A clay hearth also appeared to be contemporaneous with the priory, as did an overlying pitched tile hearth, although the latter could have been of post-Dissolution date. Evidence for the manor included deposits and cut features dating to the 17th and 18th centuries, and a brick wall, which was identified as part of the east wing of the manor house (added to the original Tudor mansion in 1711). Most of the wall had been removed by a robber pit, presumably dug when the manor house was demolished in the early 19th century.

In addition to the description of the archaeological work, the report includes a summary of the documentary, pictorial and cartographic evidence for the priory, which at the time of the Dissolution was the richest Trinitarian house in England.

[Transactions 46 (1995), 125 – 35; abstract as published, but augmented]

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