Site Event/Activity record ECC1566 - Watching brief at St John's Abbey Grounds, Colchester, 1986


Location St John's Abbey Grounds, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99846 24778 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


November 1986



A watching brief was held during the digging of a foundation for an extension to the squash courts. The excavation revealed a section of walling and foundation. The foundation was 4.6 m wide and constructed of gravel, with a section of masonry surviving in situ on the north side. The foundation was cut from a mixed layer of dumped material on the north side and was sealed by a layer of septaria cobbles, extending some 75cm beyond the masonry wall. To the south was a fairly natural soil profile. Several graves were discovered to the north of the wall by the builders, as well as a scatter of bones to the south. A feature resembling a robber trench was noted in the southern trench against the side of the Officers Squash Courts (north side). It did not appear to be in the south side of the trench and was not fully understood.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 1985-1995. Colchester Archaeological Trust Unpublished Archive. p108-109.

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Medieval Abbey church of St John's, Colchester (Monument)
  • Medieval cemetery, St John's Abbey monks burial ground, Colchester (Monument)
  • Medieval or Post Medieval wall, St John's Abbey Grounds, Colchester (Element)

Record last edited

Sep 19 2016 10:30AM

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