Commercial property for rent

A superb little studio has recently come onto the market, located on one of Roman London’s most prestigious roads, the Via Decumana. It is in a lovely condition for its age, and is a great project for those with an interest in restoration.

View of circular building from above

View of circular building from above

Key features include:

    • Sub circular floor plan
    • 3.5m in diameter
    • Domed roof
    • Close access to fresh running water
    • Solid clay flooring throughout
    • Well insulated walls (Energy rating A)

This trendy late 1st century property boasts a 360 degree uninterrupted view of the Walbrook Valley. With it’s retro circular design and lovely domed roof, it certainly stands out among its rectangular timber neighbours.

You won’t have to worry about hollow plasterboard walls here, as this building was constructed from solid tile and clay, finished with a rustic wattle exterior.

Floor plan (c) MOLA 2013

Centrally located in London’s vibrant industrial area, you’ll find yourself within easy walking distance of the Poultry shopping complex, local temples, amenities, transport links and the Walbrook river.

The property is currently derelict and has no obvious function. There have been a number of renovations over the years, and there is some evidence of burning but nothing too hot!

All in all the perfect blank canvas for anyone with vision and DIY skills! It could be transformed into a lovely workshop, a bakery oven, or even a kiln – all suggestions considered!


Wattle fence around the outside

Wattle fence around the outside

Clay and tile walls

Clay and tile walls and domed roof


7 thoughts on “Commercial property for rent

  1. Very interesting; I guess that it could be an oven for baking or a kiln of some kind? while we should always be careful when using the ‘u’ word it really does look like it could be unique for Roman London; tell us more

  2. Hi,

    yep the most likely interpretation is an oven. There was evidence of burning, but it doesn’t look like temperatures would have got high enough for kiln firing. Our Roman pottery and CBM specialists have been to have a look and they also think that the structure is too well built to be a kiln, examples known from other sites were much more temporary structures.

    Other circular structures are known from the 1st century in London, however the examples we have found don’t appear to have the substantial clay and tile walls found here. Additionally the structure was rebuilt at least twice.

    We were hoping to find a lovely floor surface, maybe tiled, that would have revealed all but alas we did not! Hopefully environmental samples will provide more information!

  3. Looks like a place of worship.. circles were significant in early Earth worship… perhaps the structure was built to keep secrets… and sacrifice..

  4. It is entirely possible it is a place of worship, and we had considered this interpretation. The problem was we found no evidence to support this, and the domed roof was quite low, from floor level you wouldn’t have been able to stand up in it. but definitely food for thought!

  5. thanks for the response; we had a possible 1st-century granary structure very nearby at the BUC87 site and then there’s all of the broken and discarded quern stones from Poultry, Cheapside and your site; the oven may fit into that economic activity quite nicely; though bakeries were probably scattered around the town it would make sense for there to have been one (or more) near Bucklersbury/Poultry; analysis of your enviro evidence should help work that out; cheers p

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