Site Event/Activity record ECC4521 - Archaeological recording at 99 High Street, Colchester, 2020


Location 99 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TH
Grid reference Centred TL 9985 2523 (4m by 21m)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX



Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd


April 2020



Archaeological monitoring was carried out by Colchester Archaeological Trust in April 2020 following the exposure of a post medieval foundation (F1) during the excavation of a pit for a new foundation pad to support a new flight of stairs, 0.9m x 0.9m in area x 0.75m deep.<1> The foundation F1 was probably late 17th century in date and was oriented east-west, lying on a similar alignment to the High Street itself. observed. It co,prised rubble set in lime mortar, 0.58m wide x 0.25-0.32m deep/high, and was cut into late 17th-century ?accumulation layer L4. It is likely that the foundation represents the remains of the 'Norfolk Houses', built in 1780-83, which formerly lined the thoroughfare. Previous excavations in the area have revealed large amounts of 17th- and 18th-century clay pipe fragments and possible fragmentary remains of a kiln, suggesting that a clay pipe kiln once stood nearby, and further clay pipe remains (64 fragments weighing 462g) – some embossed with the same manufacturers' stamp – were also recovered from this work.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Watching Brief Report: Hicks, Elliott & Shimmin, Donald. 2020. Archaeological monitoring at 99 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TH. CAT Report 1553.

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Record last edited

May 28 2020 3:42PM

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