Location: Forty Hall, Enfield
Dates: 16th – 28th July 2019
Cost: Free but membership of society (£12) required (deadline to join 6th July).
Age: 16+
Training / Experience: None necessary
Accommodation: None provided
Organization: Enfield Archaeological Society
Name: Dr. Martin J. Dearne
Address: None
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: None


The well preserved furnace in the palace boiling house

The sixteenth season of work at Elsyng, home of Sir Thomas Lovell, Chancellor to Henry VII, and then of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and other monarchs will continue to explore one of the service wings of the royal palace.

The 2018 excavation of a complete furnace in the probable boiling house, and of multiple patterned floors, as featured recently in a Channel 5 documentary, confirms the good preservation in this area of the palace. In 2019 it is anticipated that further stretches of the shallowly buried tower fronted facade wall of the palace will be revealed and further rooms connected to the preparation of royal banquets will hopefully be identified.

The site is a scheduled ancient monument in a public park attached to the standing Forty Hall, built by a Lord Mayor of London in 1629, and we welcome volunteers with all levels of experience and none, whether they want to join us for a day or two or a longer period. Though not formally a training dig, experienced/professional archaeologists are able to give some tuition and validate student participation.

Find out more about this exciting dig:

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  1. Martin Gaba
    April 26, 2017 @ 10:25 am

    Please let me have further details on how ro apply as a volunteer


    • CA
      April 26, 2017 @ 10:48 am

      Dear Martin,
      Thank you for getting in touch. For more information contact Martin Dearne ( or visit
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team


  2. Maelle L
    May 14, 2019 @ 3:01 pm


    Do you know if the supervisor accept french student for this excavation ? Because I’m quite interested.

    Thank you for the answer


    • CA
      May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

      Dear Maelle,

      Thank you for getting in touch – it’s great to hear you’re interested in getting involved in the dig! The best person to contact for more information regarding this specific excavation is Martin Dearne ( – he should be able to answer any questions you have, and you might also find further information on their website of use too:

      Best wishes,

      The CA Team


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