Site Event/Activity record ECC2815 - Watching brief at 2 Northgate Street, Colchester, 1989


Location 2 Northgate Street/rear of 30 North Hill, Colchester
Grid reference TL 9943 2550 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


May 1989



The warehouse occupies a 26.5m frontage between no 2 Northgate Street and the rear of no 30 North Hill. The aim of the fieldwork was to establish the condition and exact location of the town wall underlying the north side of the building, as a preliminary to subsequent redevelopment. In the event, the inner face of the town wall was located at two points beneath the warehouse floor. The existing concrete floor was broken open in four places by the contractor (Trenches 1-4). The wall lay immediately below the modern floor in Trenches 3 and 4. Part of the inner wall face was exposed by hand and its location was plotted in relation to the existing north wall of the warehouse. In Trench 2, manual excavation to a depth of approximately 1.4m failed to locate the wall due to later ground disturbance. At the eastern end of the building, no evidence for the wall was found in Trench 1 which lay to the south of its projected course.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Crummy, Philip (CAT). 2001. Colchester Town Wall: miscellaneous site from 1987 to 2000. CAT Report 144.

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Mar 22 2016 2:48PM

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