Site Event/Activity record ECC327 - Tessellated pavement near Long Wyre Street, Colchester, 1929


Location Long Wyre Street, Colchester
Grid reference TL 99821 25102 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE



Laver, P. G. (Mr)





In December 1929 a shaft was sunk at each end of the front of the shop next but one south of the arcade, on the east side of Wyre Street. At about 2ft 6" from the surface in the south shaft lay a red tessellated pavement, with a layer of charcoal less than an inch thick lying upon it; above this lay clay, presumably from the walls of the building. Upon the clay, reaching to within 8" of the modern pavement, was an old rubble wall, 1ft wide, on which the foundation of the present house was laid. The bed of the Roman pavement was only 4" thick and lay on a bed of clay, which was excavated to 10" deep, but its full depth is not known. In the north shaft the pavement was missing, but the line of charcoal, now slightly thicker, continued at the same level. <1><2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> DIARY: Laver, P. G.. 1916-1940. P.G. Laver's Diary. 19/12/1929.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 38, No 194, page 214.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Roman tessellated pavement, Long Wyre Street, Colchester (Element)

Record last edited

Jan 20 2016 12:27PM

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