13,000 Victorian jam jars discovered at Crossrail site
Thousands of Victorian jam jars and pickle pots have been discovered beneath a former nightclub during the building of Crossrail, it has emerged.
|Marmalade was one of the condiments produced in the factory by Crosse & Blackwell |
The space beneath the old Astoria nightclub had been used as a dumping ground by Crosse & Blackwell, which had a large factory on the site until 1921. MOLA said the find was "remarkable".
|Mushroom Catsup was popular with Victorians |
MOLA archaeologist Nigel Jeffries said the cistern would have been used to power steam engines to run the factory, but had been taken out of use when the building was redesigned in the 1870s.
|The jars had been dumped in a cistern |
Mr Jeffries said the discovery had helped archaeologists learn more about "the tastes and palates of the Victorians".
|Crosse & Blackwell was one of the first companies to receive a Royal Warrant |
One journalist wrote at the time the factory produced "a very distinctive pungency to the surrounding atmosphere".
|These decorative jars were used to sell preserved ginger |
It is due to open in December 2018.
Source: BBC News Website [January 12, 2017]