Site Event/Activity record ECC1370 - Watching Brief at 39-40 St John's Street, Colchester, 1981


Location 39-40 St John's Street, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99534 24996 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


Early to mid 1981



A watching brief was held during the construction of an extension to existing buildings at St John's Street with new first floor shops fronting onto Eld Lane. "The Roman wall in both plots was in a very poor state. The face has been removed and there was an indication of the offset at the foot of the face. The wall has been partly repaired/refaced in brick. The area affected had been cut about during pit digging. The contractor's trenches revealed a well, a possible wall and a spread of lime. Otherwise the trenches showed only dark soil, the fills of pits and patches of what may have been natural sand. The base of the Roman wall was uncovered and it proved to be 0.6m below the modern ground level and resting on natural sand. "<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.970.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)
  • Undated well, 39-40 St John's Street (Element)

Record last edited

Mar 10 2016 3:00PM

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