London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Latest News 

Volume 66 (2015) of the LAMAS transactions have been published!

Cover 66 outside

All members should have now received their copy of the new volume. The cover serves as a vivid reminder that this year was the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.Therefore, in remembrance of this conflagration which dramatically changed the appearance of London we published a number of themed articles: Dorian Gerhold reconsidered the location of the bakehouse where it started; Professor Harvey produced a post-script to his (1960) foreign visitor’s eye witness description to the destruction and Nigel Jeffries has described the contemporary material culture as revealed by excavations at One New Change. The history and architecture of one of the City of London’s parish churches which was severely damaged by this conflagration, St Dunstan in the East, was described in another article by Jennifer Ledfors. Other articles included fieldwork at Westminster Abbey by Paw Jorgensen, Ironmonger Row Baths (Islington) by Peter Boyer, HM Tower of London by Anthony Mackinder and Graham Keevill and the City of London priory of the Crossed Friars by Antonietta Lerz and Nick Holder. John Clark described the religious controversy that took place at the enigmatic London Stone in Cannon Street during the 16th century. There are also illustrated summaries of the lectures given at the latest Archaeology (2016) and Local History (2015) conferences, plus a number of book reviews.

LAMAS membership services survey
The purpose of this survey is to find out how the present range of membership services are being utilised by our members. For instance, we would like to find out what proportion of our membership regularly attends the Society’s lectures and conferences. Likewise, we want to know if we could make more use of our website and improve access to some of the Society’s outreach, such as giving people the option of receiving the Newsletter in a digital format. Therefore we (the LAMAS Council and committees) hope that you will complete this survey to tell us what you think, so we can review and improve our membership services.

The survey can be completed online: There is also a paper copy with the September 2016 issue of the Newsletter, which all members receive.

The results of survey will be analysed and published in the May 2017 edition of the Newsletter. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time and your opinions, so please make use of the free-text boxes through the survey:

LAMAS Special Papers nos 1-15 are now available to download from our website
Visit the Special Papers page to find them.

Local History Committee Seeks New Members
LAMAS Local History Committee is seeking new members. The Committee meets three times a year, and between meetings members (who attend as individual members of LAMAS or as representatives of their affiliated Local History Society) carry forward the decisions of the committee. More details of the committee may be found on the local history pages of the LAMAS website. If you are interested in joining, please contact either Eileen Bowlt on 01895 638060 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or John Hinshelwood on 020 8348 3375 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

LAMAS Transactions Volumes 59 and 60 are now online!
They can be accessed, alongside all the other volumes published between 1860 and 2009, from the Transactions Archive page.

LAMAS Special Paper 17 is now available for purchase

London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Special Paper 17, 2014
Price £25 + £3.20 post and packing (Special Price: £20 + £3.20 post and packing until 31 December 2014)
ISBN 978-0-903290-68-5, published July 2014

This volume is a tribute to John Clark and his long career in the Guildhall Museum and the Museum of London. It celebrates his work on many aspects of Saxon and medieval archaeology and history, and his enquiries into the myths and legends that have built up around London and its people. The book is edited by five of his former Museum colleagues, and there are 37 other contributors. It is illustrated in colour throughout. It is available for purchase in the Museum of London shop or from Karen Thomas, using this order form.

- London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Special Paper 16, 2013
Excavations at South Mimms Castle, Hertfordshire (by John Kent, Derek Renn and Anthony Streeten). This is the long-awaited final report of the archaeological and documentary investigation of a motte-and-bailey castle at South Mimms. Order your copy now, price £30 + £2.50 post and packing