Site Event/Activity record ECC2302 - Tessellated pavement observed at 18 North Hill, Colchester, 1845


Location 18 North Hill, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9941 2540 (1m by 0m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Wire, William (Mr)





In 1845 William Wire notes in his diary: 'In Mr Bryant's garden (fully defined and shown on sketch plan)...a Roman tessellated pavement...tesserae one inch square. Several fragments of fresco house-wall...' (28/11/1845); then later '...pavement of greater extent than first supposed, it was covered with fragments of Roman roof tiles...most of the tiles were examined by me and none bore any letters...' (1/12/1845); then later '...made rough sketch of pavement...attempt made to take part of it up whole failed…its substructure is as follows...a bottom of clay and sand, the rubble consisting of septaria, then a concrete of pebbles and then another, after which a layer of mortar in which the tesserae were set. Mr Bryant gave orders for it to be broken up...' (5/12/1845); then '…more pavement discovered, buried again undisturbed...' (24/12/1845) <1> See EVT1589 for discoveries in 1846 & EVT145 for discoveries in 1847. <2><3>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Serial: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 1873. Vol. 5 (Old Series) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society. Vol. V. p156.
  • --- Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. p77.
  • <1> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 28/11/1845, 1/12/1845, 5/12/1845, 24/12/1845.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Roman mosaic, 18 North Hill, Colchester (Element)

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Mar 16 2016 9:58AM

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