Site Event/Activity record ECC173 - Roman remains in Castle Road sewerage trench, Colchester, 1852


Location Castle Road, Colchester
Grid reference TM 00060 25535 (point)
Map sheet TM02NW



Wire, William (Mr)





According to Wire 18/6/1852 at the lower part of the Botanic Garden a layer of wood ashes was discovered about 30ins. below the surface, which continued ten feet, then an intermission of a few feet, then a commencement of it for four feet. Some short distance east of it was a floor of flagstones on which a fire had been made, this was about 6ft square, then more to the east, opposite lot vi, was at 3ft. below the surface a floor of three Roman tiles of usual size continued by a path made with pieces of septaria and good sized pebbles; this extended the whole width of the trench dug for sewerage pipes -about 3ft wide- how far it extended underground each side could not be ascertained as no more ground was moved' <1><2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 18/6/1852.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 8, No 41, page 92.

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Jan 18 2016 4:01PM

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