Site Event/Activity record ECC855 - Section I, Tower 1, Town Walls, Colchester, 1938


Location Sixth Form College, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 99244 25294 (14m by 1m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Hull, M. R. H. (Rex)





In 1938 a trench was cut inwards from the broken end of the Town Wall across the line of the rampart (to the north of the Balkern Gate, now in the grounds of the Sixth Form Centre). The excavation revealed a faced section of wall and part of an internal tower. Quantities of Roman pottery were recovered and a pattern of small post holes observed, speculated to be part of a foundation for a wooden rampart walk.<1><2> A handwritten note in the paper SMR details the finds with form types and section drawings.<3><4> The trench was apparently used as an air raid shelter during WWII.<5><6>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Hull, M. Rex. Roman Colchester II: Extramural and Walls. II. p.362.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Pp.22-23.
  • <3> Unpublished document: unknown. 1938. SMR file: Technical School.
  • <4> Index: Essex County Council. 1972. Colchester SMR (computer). 13117.
  • <5> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. p.127.
  • <6> Serial: Colchester Museums. 1937-1944. Colchester Museum Reports 1937-1944. p.20.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Feb 8 2016 2:36PM

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