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Arbor City Hotel Aldgate: tenth find of the week

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This late 16th/early 17th century stoneware saltglazed jug, produced in Raeren, is no. 10 in our ‘find of the week’ series from McAleer & Rushe’s site at Arbor City Hotel, London Aldgate. The neck is moulded with portrait busts within oval panels. It would originally have been mounted with a pewter lid and had an additional moulded frieze on the body. These jugs were used to serve beer, continuing our theme from last week!

Arbor City Hotel Aldgate: ninth find of the week

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This fine collection of 17th-century German Frechen stoneware Bartmann jug faces is no. 9 in our ‘find of the week’ series from McAleer & Rushe’s site at Arbor City Hotel in Whitechapel. They came from a brick-lined cesspit and there doesn’t seem to be much broken stoneware with them, so they might have been selected/collected before disposal. These were imported into London between 1550 & 1700, and large numbers of such vessels from a single feature are often a good indication of the presence of a 17th-century drinking establishment nearby. The face masks have often been attributed as a caricature of Cardinal Roberto Bellarmine (1542-1621) and his dislike of drinking alcohol, however, the face masks predate Cardinal Bellarmine and are more likely to represent the Wild Man of European folklore.

Arbor City Hotel Aldgate: eighth ‘find of the week’

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This 17th-18th century sugar cone mould is no. 8 in our ‘Find of the Week’ series from McAleer & Rushe’s site at Arbor City Hotel. These moulds varied hugely in size, producing sugar loaves weighing between 5 & 50lbs. Small cones like this example made better quality, more expensive sugar. As Whitechapel is now a very mixed community, the archaeology is a poignant reminder that the area was once involved in the transatlantic slave trade through sugar production.