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Part of a brick facing to the town wall collapsed onto the car park in Priory Street in 1994, revealing another brick wall behind it. The newly-exposed wall proved to be a continuation of the brick wall immediately west of the collapsed section, and the latter a localised refacing of it. The original wall and its refacing are similar in appearance and are both likely to be 17th century in date. They presumably represent repairs to the town wall where it had been largely destroyed during the Siege of Colchester in 1648. More of the damaged wall was pulled down (to a width of about 25m) to make the area safe and to create a sound base for the new brick wall which was built to replace it.<1>
EXCAV REPORT: Crummy, Philip (CAT). 2001. Colchester Town Wall: miscellaneous site from 1987 to 2000. 94/6b.
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