Site Event/Activity record ECC203 - Tessellated pavement on north side of High Street, Colchester, 1763


Location High Street, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99556 25215 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE



Morant, Philip (Mr)





Morant records ' near half a very fine and elegant (pavement) was discovered, 12th May 1763, on the north side of the High Street, in a garden belonging to Mr John Bernard, apothecary and chirurgeon, late part of a yard of the Falcon and Queen's Head Inn… Mr Bernard hath enclosed and covered it, in order to preserve exact drawing of it was engraved and delivered with Lexden Hundred, when that part of the History of Essex was published' also that 'near this was found either part of the same or another, when a stable was pulled down, which was supposed to be an old Roman building'. <1> A drawing of the pavement by Dunthorne, a local artist, is reproduced in Morant and Hull (Plate XXIII, A) <2> See also Cromwell <3> and others <4><5><6><7><8><9>

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Monograph: Morant, Philip. 1768. The History and Antiquities of the County of Essex. Volume I. page 184.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 19, No18, pages 150-151.
  • <3> Monograph: Cromwell, Thomas. 1825. History and description of the ancient town and Borough of Colchester in Essex. page 200.
  • <4> Article in serial: Wheeler, R. E. M. and Laver, P. G.. 1919. Roman Colchester. J.R.S. Volume IX page 139. page 160.
  • <5> Serial: Royal Society. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Nos 255-6.
  • <6> Monograph: Gisbon, Edmund. 1772. Gibson's Camden. 1772, i, page 356.
  • <7> Monograph: Gough, Richard. 1789. Gough's Camden. 1789, i, page 58.
  • <8> Article in serial: Stukeley, William. 1882. Letters, Diaries. ii, pages 162-3.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Wire, William. Wire's Album. see drawing.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Roman tessellated pavement, High Street, Colchester (Element)

Record last edited

Jan 19 2016 11:42AM

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