Site Event/Activity record ECC1237 - Sphinx and other finds from Essex County Hospital Site, Colchester, 1821


Location Essex County Hospital, Lexden Road, Colchester
Grid reference TL 98898 24894 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE








In 1821 a stone sphinx was found in the garden of the General Hospital, 'about ten paces from the west wall and about fifty-five paces from the London Road'. Close to it was found a fragment of the tibia of a human leg, bones of oxen, deer, pigs and fowls with Roman pottery. Also, 'Within the bounds of the hospital were dug up at the same time a large quantity of building materials, red and white tiles, coarse and unhewn stones, used probably in foundations, and a great many well-hewn fragments of a stone called swanage, from a place in the Isle of Purbeck'.<1><2><3><4>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Index: Ordnance Survey. 1876. Ordnance Survey Cards. TL92NE2.33.
  • <1> Serial: British Archaeological Association. 1847. Vol. II (Old Series) Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Old Series Vol. II. page 38.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. page 253 (1).
  • <3> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1876. 1876 OS 1:500 Maps of Colchester. 1:500.
  • <3> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. c.1805. 1805 1 inch OS Maps of Colchester.
  • <4> Index: Essex County Council. 1972. Colchester SMR (computer). SMR11859.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Roman stone sphinx, Essex County Hospital, Lexden Road, Colchester (Find Spot)
  • Tombstone, Essex and Colchester Hospital (Element)

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Jul 27 2017 8:00AM

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