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Syon Park Excavation 2012

Every year, the Museum of London hold a community dig, and least year they uncovered a great find. They discovered the remains of a house owned by Sir Richard Wynn IV (1625-1674). Sir Richard was a Baronet, member of Parliament, and a Royalist. It is believed his house played an important part in the Battle of Brentford in 1942, in which the Royalists came out victorious. Sir Richard was later imprisoned in 1959 for his participation in the Royalist insurrection.

The house was passed down to his daughter, then later to the Duke of Ancaster. It was eventually knocked down in the 19th century in order to extend the Syon Park, where the excavation team uncovered the remains.

This year, the Museum of London are heading back to Syon Park to continue their work, and are inviting members of the public to get their hands dirty, and join in. The dig will be taking place between the 10th June - 7th July, and more details about the times and events will be released in the coming weeks.
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Why? Get down and dirty with history
When: 10th June - 7th July
Phone: 020 8569 7497
Where: Syon Park
Cost: Free
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