Site Event/Activity record ECC1387 - A watching brief at Cameo Cinema, Colchester, 1982


Location Former Cameo Cinema, St John's Street, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99445 24990 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


May to June 1982



A watching brief was held during redevelopment of the former Cameo Cinema site. Substantial alterations were carried out internally in order to convert the shell into shops. The north wall of the cinema had been built on top of and down the face of the Roman town wall. The cinema wall was buried and left intact. The new development involved digging many trenches and holes for underpinning stanchions, and services. Although very few of these were observed when open, the workmen reported that the fill was nearly always modern brickwork and cellars or black topsoil overlying clean sand (?natural) to a depth of about 0.25m. At one spot were found two 'flint and mortar' walls, about one foot thick. These were parts of medieval or post-medieval cess-pits. A large brick soak away, measuring 3m in diameter internally and apparently Victorian or early 20th-centuy in date, lay towards the front 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. p.984.

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

  • Medieval Element Group, Cameo Theatre, St John's Street, Colchester (Element Group)
  • Medieval or Post Medieval wall, Cameo Cinema, St John's Street, Colchester (Element)
  • Medieval or Post Medieval wall, Cameo Cinema, St John's Street, Colchester (Element)
  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 10 2016 3:17PM

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