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HISTORY

 

History of Industry in Southwark

 
 

On this pages will be found a short history of the development of the Industries of Southwark.

Origins

The first traces of manufacture in Southwark are the struck flints found in excavations. These tend to be fairly ubiquitious so we can make no special claim for Southwark as a manufacturing centre before the coming of the Romans. Flints from over 8,000 years ago have been found in Southwark, but the London area has been inhabited for 500,000 years.

Farming

Southwark was a rural area until the coming of the Romans and hunting and gathering the main industry until the advent of farming around 6,000 years ago. Southwark is unusual in having physical evidence of ploughing from the Bronze Age. This was found near Wolseley Road, Bermondsey just beyond St Saviour's Dock, Jacobs Island.

To find out more read:

Cowan, Carrie, 'Below Southwark - the archaeological story' London Borough of Southwark, 2000

Prehistoric Flints found on the Bricklayers Arms site
Ploughing as discovered in Wolseley Road, Bermondsey (after Museum of London Archaeology service illustrations)
 
 

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Page updated7 July 2006
 
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The Lost Industry of Southwark Project is supported by:

the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs

Project Director- Kevin Flude

Email Kevin Flude. Cultural Heritage Resources

To find out more on Southwark visit the SOUTHWARK LOCAL STUDIES LIBRARY
& buy the excellent book by Leonard Riley entitled 'Southwark - an illustrated guide.'

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