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Wire's diary 1847 records the uncovering of a mosaic at 17-18 North Hill '…another tessellated pavement was discovered this morning between no's 18 and 19 running the whole length of the passage…It is all red…probably connected with those found earlier' (18/3/1847) (Please refer to ECC2302 AND ECC2303 for discoveries in 1845 & 1846). <1><2><3><4>
The records for the various discoveries at 17-18 North Hill are not straight forward, please refer to plan in Roman Colchester <5>
Regarding the discovery in 1847 Henry Laver later records that workmen extended their trench into the back garden of No 18, discovering robber trenches for the wall of the Roman building and more red tessellated pavement, presumably he is referring to work carried out in 1847 as Hull's map shows the approximate position of a red tessellated pavement in the back garden marked 1847. <6> The pavement cannot be divided into separate rooms from existing accounts, certainly one part of a red pavement formed the boundary for a mosaic discovered in 1906 and partially removed to the museum (See EVT3052).
Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. p77-78.
Unpublished document: Wire, William. Wire's Album.
Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 2, No 12, page 77.
DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 18/3/1847.
Serial: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 1873. Vol. 5 (Old Series) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society. Vol. V. p156.
Related Monuments/Buildings (3)
MCC845Roman mosaic, 18 North Hill, Colchester (Element)
MCC1613Roman tessellated pavement between 17 & 18 North Hill, Volchester (Element)
MCC1534Roman tessellated pavement, 18 North Hill, Colchester (Element)
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