Maps of the Upper Cray Valley and West Kent 1605-1946 by Janet Clayton and Michael Meekums. A collection of reproductions of maps and part maps which illustrate the
changes in this area from the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the end of the second world war. Included are Philip Symondson's map of Kent (1659 issue, but the Cray area is unchanged from the
original 1596 edition), the Andrews, Herbert and Dury map of 1769, Hasted's map of 1797, 1930s Ordnance Survey maps, and many others.
24 pp., 19 maps. A3 spiral bound, card covers. Published 2003. Price: £8.00 plus £3.50 postage.
The Upper Cray Valley Project
This work is available as a single collected Millennium Edition, or as a series of parts each focussing on an individual period.
The Upper Cray Valley. 500,000 BC - AD 1603. Millennium Edition. By Michael Meekums. An indispensable compendium of maps and tables which show the locations of all
archaeological sites and find spots in the Upper Cray Valley, giving brief details of each and references to the relevant literature.
113 pp. A4 spiral bound with card and plastic covers. ISBN 0-9539385-1-4, published 2001. Currently out of print, although individual parts remain available.
Each of the individually published parts consists of a brief description of the period, with location maps and tables relating to archaeological excavations and finds in the Upper Cray Valley, as described above.
Volume I: 500,000 BC - 4,000 BC (Palaeolithic and Mesolithic)
23 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 2002. Price £2 plus 75p postage.
Volume II: 4,000 BC - 700 BC (Neolithic and Bronze Age)
23 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 1993. Price £2 plus 75p postage.
Volume III: 700 BC - AD 410 (Iron Age and Roman)
33 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 1993. Price £2 plus 75p postage.
Volume IV: AD 410 - AD 1066 (Saxon)
17 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 1996. Price £2 plus 75p postage.
Volume V: AD 1066 - AD 1485 (Mediaeval)
21 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 1996. Price £2 plus 75p postage
Volume VI: AD 1485 - AD 1603 (Tudor)
24 pp. Stapled A4, card covers, published 2007. Price £2 plus 75p postage.
The Priory, Orpington: a Canterbury Manor. By Marie Bowen
The Priory estate at Orpington was a working farm in mediaeval times. This account of it is based on the Bedells' Rolls of 1280 - 1372 and 1471. The author is a former Curator of the Bromley Borough Museum, which is situated at The Priory, Orpington. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 24, 4, 56-86, 2002.
31 pp. Stapled A4, card covers. Price £3.00 plus 75p postage.
A Mesolithic Site in the Priory Gardens, Orpington. By Tony Grey and Alan Tyler. An account of a mesolithic flint industry in the Museum grounds (one author (A.T.) is a
former Curator) with illustrations of some of the 3364 flints excavated. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 13, 3, 44-75, 1991.
32 pp., 3 figures, 145 illustrations. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £2 plus 75p postage.
Villare Cantianum: or Kent surveyed and illustrated. By Thomas Philipott, 1659.
A reprint of those parts of this early history of Kent which relate to the Upper Cray Valley. It gives an account of the old manorial families; the author was Somerset Herald. Some spellings have been modernised.
14 pp. Stapled A4, card covers. Price £1 plus 75p postage.
The River Cray: its size in past times. By Alan Hart Was the Cray much larger in the past than it is now? This interesting question is discussed in the light of
historical, archaeological and geomorphological considerations. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 20, 2, 1998 with additional maps.
12 pp., 5 maps, 2 b.w. photographs. Stapled A4, card covers. Price £1.50 plus 75p postage.
An Early Saxon Building in Kent Rd, St. Mary Cray. By Alan Hart with illustrations by John Blundell. A short account of the excavation of a small Early Saxon building
discovered in 1982, and its significance.
4 pp., 2 illustrations. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
Roman Flue-tiles in the Orpington Area. By Hazel Shave. After a general discussion of methods of tile production, and their types and uses, specimens of flue tiles
excavated in the Orpington area are classified and illustrated. From a dissertation by the late Hazel Shave, a longstanding ODAS member, for her Diploma in Field Archaeology. Reproduced
from ODAS Archives, 22, 3, 41-83, 1995.
43 pp., 9 figures, 19 pp. of tile illustrations. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £4 plus £1.25 postage.
Excavations at the Romano-British bath-house, Poverest Road, Orpington, 1993. By David Tyler and Alan Tyler. The report on the partial re-excavation of the Poverest
bath-house. With specialists’ reports on pottery and metal-working debris. One author (A.T.) is a former Curator of the Bromley Borough Museum, which is situated at The Priory,
Orpington. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 17, 2, 23-46, 1995.
24pp., 6 figures. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £2.50 plus £1.70 postage.
St. Mary Cray Parish Church by John Blundell. Illustrations by the author.
Concise and well illustrated information about this 13th century church. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 21, 2, 23-29, 1999.
9 pp., 1 map, 5 illustrations. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
Survey House. A timber-framed building in St. Mary Cray. By Janet Clayton, with structural drawings by Michael Meekums. An account of the structure and history of
timber-framed building in St. Mary Cray which was surveyed and excavated by ODAS before extensive conservation and rebuilding. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 20, 3, 33-41, 1998.
9 pp., 2 figures, 1 map, 1 b.w. photo. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
The Blue Anchor Public House, St Mary Cray. By Janet Clayton, with structural drawings by Michael Meekums. The structure and history of a timber-framed building in St.
Mary Cray which has been surveyed by ODAS. Reproduced from ODAS Archives, 20, 4, 56-64, 1998.
9 pp., 2 figures, 1 map, 1 illustration. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
Pure Aerated Waters: The Chislehurst Mineral Waters Company. By Janet Clayton.
A well illustrated account of these locally made waters, which were very popular in the second half of the 19th century.
11 pp., 10 illustrations (2 in colour), 1 map. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £2 plus 75p postage.
The Turnpike Act 1748 – The Road from Farnborough to Riverhill in Kent (The Forerunner of the A21). By Janet Clayton and Michael Meekums.
Introduction to turnpikes and a description of the route from Farnborough to Riverhill. Photographs of mile stones along the route, maps and a reproduction of the 1748 Act.
41pp., 5 illustrations, 3 maps, A4 Stapled, Card Covers, Price £4.50, plus 75p postage.
Publications relating to Scadbury Medieval Moated Manor, Chislehurst :
Scadbury Manor. By Alan Hart and Stephen Archer. A booklet containing much information about the history of this interesting ruined moated manor, the former home of the
16 pp., 5 illustrations. A5 perfect. Revised 2009. Price £1 plus 50p postage.
Excavations at Scadbury by Alan Hart. A series of reports on the long-term ODAS excavations of the moated site and its environs.
Part 1: Excavations near the Island Wall. A trench
alongside the massive island retaining wall revealed evidence on its
dating and method of construction. With finds reports.
28pp., 12 figures, 2 photographs, one in colour. A4 perfect. ISBN 0-9539385-0-6, published 2000. Price £3.00 plus £1.20p postage.
Part 2: Some Remains of Mediaeval Settlement. Extensive
report on excavations on the moated island. Report on seeds by John
48pp illustrated, 20 figures, A4 perfect.
ISBN 0-9539385-6-5, published 2011. Price £3.00 plus £1.20p postage.
Part 3: The Estate Barn. Outside the north-western corner of the moat, excavation revealed the foundations of a large 16th century barn and enabled a virtual
reconstruction. With finds reports.
20pp., 9 figures, 12 photographs, some in colour. A4 perfect. ISBN 0-9539385-7-3, published 2003. Price £2.50 plus £1.20p postage.
Part 4: A Tudor Gatehouse becomes a Modern Mansion. Excavation of the site, west of the moat, of the mansion of the Marsham-Townshend family, which was burnt in 1976 and demolished, showed that the building had a substantial Tudor origin. With finds reports.
Part 4 mentions the Early English Sundial which is featured by the
BBC history website (see links page).
24pp., 6 figures, 18 photographs, some in colour. A4 perfect. ISBN 0-9539385-9-X, published 2008. Price £2.50 plus £1.20p postage.
Part 5: Remains of Buildings in the Farmyard. Excavation 100m west of the moat revealed foundations of buildings including Tudor privies and late Victorian pig sties.
With finds reports.
20pp., 7 figures, 10 photographs, some in colour. A4 perfect. ISBN 0-9539385-8-1, published 2005. Price £2.50 plus £1.20p postage.
Index to ODAS Archives (the quarterly journal of ODAS.)
Volumes 1-10 (1979-1988) and the earlier Newsletter (1975-1978)
19 pp. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
Volumes 11-20 (1989-1998).
16 pp. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £1 plus 75p postage.
Please see the Newsletter page on this site where electronic versions can now be downloaded free of charge.
Scadbury and the Walsinghams Dr Joan Thirsk
An article based on a talk given at a 1983 conference 'Scadbury under the Walsinghams - a moated site and its history' Reproduced from Archives, illustrated by Christina Clark
11 pp. Stapled A4, card covers. Price: £2.50 plus 75p postage.
Dendrochronological Analysis of Oak Timbers from the Priory, Orpington Dr Andy Moir.
The Priory is a fine example of a medieval hall house. It was rebuilt in stone in 1290 and added to in 1393 and 1471. Dr Andy Moir has taken 12 samples of the oak roof timbers and carried out a dendrochronological analysis of them. This analysis provides evidence to show that the construction of the South range occurred in AD 1521. This is his full report.
24pp. Stapled A4, card covers, Price £3.00 plus £1.15 postage.
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