Site Event/Activity record ECC1288 - Watching Brief at St John's Street car park, Colchester, 1978


Location St John's Street
Grid reference Centred TL 9954 2492 (126m by 94m)
Map sheet TL92SE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd





A watching brief was maintained during the construction of a large multi-storey car park and shops on the site of a former surface car park, shops and houses. "The new building was constructed on piles so that there was very little opportunity to observe sections. A preliminary survey carried out by trial borings in 1974 indicated that there was likely to be at least 2 metres of dark soil above natural. Many of the pile holes were observed during construction work and many objects or observations were noted on the site plan? Roman and later finds were recovered from all parts of the site. No clear indications were noted of burials or buildings apart from a layer of gravel which seems to be at a depth of 3.5 metres to 4.0 metres near the centre of the northern frontage. Noticeable was a concentration of Roman material from the western part of the site. Post Roman remains consisted of a brick culvert and three wells. There were many indications of substantial quantities of ground water.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. p.876.

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

  • Element Group, St John's Car Park, Gravel Spread only (Element Group)
  • Well (post Roman) St John's Street Car Park (Element)
  • Well (post Roman) St John's Street Car Park (Element)
  • Well (post Roman) St John's Street Car Park (Element)

Record last edited

Feb 23 2016 8:25AM

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