Site Event/Activity record ECC1892 - Watching brief at St James Churchyard, Colchester, 1997


Location St James Churchyard, Colchester
Grid reference TM 00189 25210 (point)
Map sheet TM02NW



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


November 1997



A watching brief was undertaken during the installation of railings along the eastern side of the churchyard (See also ECC1759). A total of twenty three 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. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Benfield, Stephen (CAT). 1997. AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION AT ELD LANE, COLCHESTER.. 11/97F.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

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

Record last edited

Feb 9 2016 12:46PM

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