The EAS has received funding as part of the Stories of Enfield project, which will help us continue our ongoing research on the site of Elsyng Tudor Palace, and importantly, to publish and share our work with a wider audience.
Despite its local and national importance, Elsyng remains almost unknown to the people of the Borough. Excavations and research since the
1960s have yielded a vast amount of physical and documentary information which has now been brought together and intensively studied by Martin
Dearne. We now have a much better understanding of the form and evolution of this complex building and we hope that the 2022
excavation will add to this. We also know a vast amount more about the ordinary people who lived
and worked there from Jack the junior kitchen boy in 1524 to Mr. Johnson, a bricklayer killed when
scaffolding collapsed during repairs in 1616.
The core of the project will be the professionally-led excavation in July 2022 whose participants will
include experienced archaeologists, University and College students and volunteers from the
Borough including newcomers to the subject. There will also be training sessions for participants.
(Please note that all workers on the site must be members of the EAS
and no-one below the age of 16 can take part, requirements that are dictated by our insurance.)
During the period a film will be made from which a virtual tour of the palace will be developed. Oral
history interviews will also be carried out and the results included in the film. These will include the
memories of any survivors of the 1960s dig plus those of people involved in the earlier stages of
the present campaign, which began in 2004 as well as those working on the 2022 excavation.
A definitive book on all aspects of the history and archaeology of the site will be produced
and there will also be a family open day during the course of the excavation which will be similar to
those held in previous years.
We very much hope that Society members will be willing to help with various aspects of this project
and in particular we would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping with
the Oral History element. Any volunteers will be given training in advance of the dig.