PCA Monograph 22
Elite residence to manufacturing centre
Excavations on the site of the Archbishop of York’s Palace and the Battersea Enamelling Works, at the former Price’s Candle Factory, Regent and Grove Wharves and Bridges Wharf, Battersea
by Alistair Douglas, Berni Sudds, Märit Gaimster, Frank Meddens
Excavations in Wandsworth along the riverfront to the east of the Thames (which here trends roughly south to north), have revealed details of the diverse history of this part of the borough and its fluctuating fortunes. This monograph details the results of excavations at three sites along that stretch of riverfront at Price’s Candle Factory, Regent and Groves Wharves and Bridges Wharf.
A ditch and associated Middle and Late Bronze Age pottery are the only evidence for prehistoric activity here. It was not until the later 15th Century that development of the area began in earnest, with construction of a moated manor house, known as Bryggecourt, or Bridge Court, which later came to be known as York House. Initially constructed as an episcopal residence, this manor house provided a country retreat for the pleasure and relaxation of bishops of York, yet was close enough to allow a visit to London and the Royal Court whenever necessary.