Site Event/Activity record ECC1759 - Watching Brief in St James' Churchyard, Colchester, 1997


Location St James' Churchyard, East Hill, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TM 00188 25230 (3m by 45m)
Map sheet TM02NW



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


March 1997



A watching brief was undertaken at St James's Churchyard on East Hill. A series of trial holes were dug in advance of the erection of railings along the east boundary of the churchyard but produced no evidence to indicate the survival of either the town wall or its associated rampart in the uppermost 700mm examined.<1> A total of 23 30cm x 30cm square pits were dug along the east side of the churchyard in preparation for the erection of steel railings. The depth of the pits varied between 0.35m & 0.55m. Within the limited depths examined there was no evidence to indicate the presence of masonry or rampart material associated with the town wall. The stratigraphy simply consisted of a very dark greyish brown sandy loam with occasional small stones and rare inclusions of peg tile, brick and septaria, which extended beyond the bottom of the pits in all but one spot. The exception was the adjoining pits 2-3 where the dark churchyard soil sealed a layer of slightly lighter and stonier sandy loam at a depth of 0.35 to 0.4m. This material contained one small fragment of cambered peg-tile and continued beyond the bottom of the 0.55m deep pits.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 1985-1995. Colchester Archaeological Trust Unpublished Archive. 3/97B.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • St James's Churchyard, High Street, Colchester (Monument)
  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Oct 4 2016 2:18PM

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