Site Event/Activity record ECC2605 - Archaeological monitoring at Distillery Lane, the Hythe, Colchester, 2006


Location Distillery Lane, the Hythe, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TM 01560 23889 (87m by 87m)
Map sheet TM02SW
County ESSEX



Essex County Council Archaeology Section





Following a Desk-Based Assessment of the site, a historic building survey was undertaken by ECC Field Archaeology Unit in 2002 on a mid-19th century malting and 20th century laundry prior to demolition as part of a large redevelopment scheme. The laundry was located on the site of a previous 19th-century water-powered corn mill and possibly a medieval oil mill; although the latter may have formed part of the still-standing Grade II listed c16th-century Hull House. An important early 19th-century distillery stood to the south, reputedly one of the largest in the country at the time, and fully mechanised at this early date. The survey recorded pre-industrial malting techniques and 20th century industrial elements and process flow. Archaeological monitoring during the demolition and clearance stages of the malting and laundry was limited, and the main areas beneath the laundry buildings were not observed. However, a culvert associated with the early 19th-century distillery and the wheel pit to the corn mill were discovered during the works. <1>

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  • <1> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Letch, A. (ECC Field Archaeology Unit). 2006. Archaeological monitoring at Distillery Lane, The Hythe, Colchester.

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Feb 29 2016 2:33PM

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