Medieval Settlement to 18th-/19th-Century Rookery
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Excavations in 2006 by MOLA on the site of St Giles Court, on the north side of St Giles High Street, Camden, illustrate the development of this London suburb from the medieval period to the early 20th century.
St Giles was at the heart of London suburban expansion by the mid 17th century, and the numerous objects recovered indicate a varied standard of living among the inhabitants. By the late 18th century the reputation of the St Giles area and its housing had declined and the site lay within the southern core of the area known as the Rookery; a notorious late 18th- and 19th-century slum.
However, this study reveals that the area's image may not be entirely matched by reality: it found evidence of contrasting lifestyles, households and businesses in this period before the area eventually lost its residential character and became almost purely commercial.