Interpretation Of Architectural Fragments

A sliding scale of assessment is offered, from detailed recording of key items, to the quantification of much larger collections. It may then be possible to re-assemble items for display. This was the case for the Museum of London - a cloister from Merton Priory was re-assembled and displayed in the Medieval Gallery of the Museum of London (2001) after forty years of storage limbo.

Window from Merton Priory
A window from Merton Priory, excavated in 1959, now on display at the Museum of London

Two fragments in the lapidary collection of St Paul’s Cathedral are all that survive of the vast East Rose Window of Old St Pauls; however by combining the data encapsulated in the stones - the views of Wenceslaus Hollar and other historical records - the Rose window can now be seen for the first time since the Great Fire of London.

East Rose window
Detail of the East Rose window of Old St Paul's

The reconstruction forms part of a new reconstruction of the Pre-fire Cathedral for English Heritage’s seminal publication (2012) on the archaeology of the Pre-Fire Cathedral.

Traceried window
A priory window excavated in the 1980s is belatedly pieced together with the aid of CAD