Site Event/Activity record ECC1372 - Watching brief at 32 Crouch Street, Colchester, 1981


Location 32 Crouch Street, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99177 24955 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


March 1981



A watching brief was maintained during the construction of an office block on the former car park of Bejams. "Various human bones were recovered at various points across the site. Bone from Stanchion B almost certainly represents a disturbed inhumation. This is probably true of bones from Stanchion A. The ground at Bejams had been much disturbed during the construction of the brick building which had previously occupied the site. Brick walls were found down to 3m below site level. Below the latter was some grey sand or sandy topsoil forming a layer up to 2m thick of re-deposited material showing no features. The top of the natural (sand and gravel) was generally encountered 4.0-4.8m below site ground level, but this was quite clearly not the undisturbed natural horizon because the slope ran contrary to the slope of the ground (i.e. southwards) and because natural was noted very close to the surface on the southwest of the site"<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. pp.975-976.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Burial ground of Crouched Friars Friary, Crouch Street, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 10 2016 3:02PM

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