Scheduled Monument: St Botolph's Augustinian Priory (1013764)

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Authority Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Other Ref MON364
Date assigned 14 October 1980
Date last amended 11 April 1996


The monument includes the Augustinian Priory of St Botolph situated on a south facing slope south of Priory Street in the centre of Colchester at the southern gateway in the town wall. Founded in c. 1100, it was the first Augustinian house to be established in Britain. The site lies on a series of terraces running east-west with the highest to the north. Towards the centre of the site are the ruins of the priory church which are Listed Grade I and in the care of the Secretary of State. Immediately to the south, and terraced below it, are the buried remains of the claustral buildings. The gatehouse was situated to the west providing access to the Priory from St Botolph’s Street. Terraced above the priory church to the north and west are the remains of the parochial cemetery and, to the east of the church, that of the priory. In plan the monastic church is cruciform, aligned east-west, with the nave separated from the presbytery to the east by the monastic choir. The church is 59m in length and 27m wide at the crossing. The transepts extended either side of the crossing tower and had single chapels to the east, flanking the presbytery. Part excavation of the eastern end of the church has uncovered the foundations of the transepts and presbytery and the complete plan of the church is now laid out in the grass. <1> For further detail please see the full scheduling description.

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Grid reference Centred TL 9997 2494 (113m by 123m)
Map sheet TL92SE

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