A tiny fragment of the grandeur that was medieval London has been discovered on the bank of the Thames. A medieval terracotta roof finial, in the shape of an animal, dating to the 13th century, was found by an amateur archaeologist.
Before the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed medieval London, such a finial would have decorated the roof of a building of some value. "Roy Stephenson, head of archaeological collections at the Museum of London, said: 'It gives a fascinating insight into the lost roofscape of medieval London, which we know relatively little about. Here we have evidence of a decorated tiled roof, possibly from a prestigious private dwelling.'"