Site Event/Activity record ECC2392 - Excavation at 11 Short Wyre Street, Colchester, 1988


Location 11 Short Wyre Street, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9982 2501 (15m by 29m)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


February 1988



Recording and limited excavation were carried out on and around the town wall at 11 Short Wyre Street during redevelopment for a new Swag Shop premises. The Roman internal wall facing and base offset were well preserved, and in the centre of this length was a Roman tile-built arched drain. <1> A large part of the inner face of the Roman town wall was recorded in 1988 during redevelopment works. The wall had formed the south side of a cellar, and it was fully exposed following the demolition of the standing building. Of note was the discovery in the wall of the remains of a drain arch. In addition to the recording of the wall, two trenches for stanchions were archaeologically excavated in advance into the rampart behind the wall, and parts of the late medieval refacing of the south side of the wall were subsequently noted in the contractor’s foundation trenches south of the wall. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Benfield, S. (CAT). 2001. Excavation and recording at 11 Short Wyre Street, Colchester, Essex, in 1998. CAT Report 113.
  • <2> EXCAV REPORT: Crummy, Philip (CAT). 2001. Colchester Town Wall: miscellaneous site from 1987 to 2000. CAT Report 144.

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • 11th century Town Ditch, Lion Walk Site N, Colchester (Monument)
  • Rampart of the Roman town walls, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman drain in town wall, 11 Short Wyre Street, Colchester (Element)

Record last edited

Oct 12 2015 3:03PM

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