Site Event/Activity record ECC933 - Excavation of Section Ia, Town Walls, 1951


Location Colchester Sixth Form Centre, North Hill, Colchester
Grid reference Centred TL 9924 2540 (12m by 6m)
Map sheet TL92NE



Colchester Corporation





Excavations were made in 1951 of a section through the rampart of the town wall in an attempt to recover evidence which would solve the uncertainties resulting from previous, narrow and less well supervised investigations. The work took place under the supervision of Miss. K.M. Richardson. A trench 10 ft. wide and 37 ft. long was cut inside the wall and through the bank, about 213 yards north of the Balkerne Gate in the grounds of the Technical College (Colchester Sixth Form Centre), North Hill. When completely excavated the wall, with buried face in mint condition was found to be standing to a height of 13 ft. as from the Roman ground-level. A series of small ditches and gullies were also uncovered as was a Roman rubbish pit.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. p25-32.

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Rampart of the Roman town walls, Colchester (Monument)
  • Roman gullies, Sixth Form College, Colchester (Element Group)
  • Town Wall, Colchester (Monument)

Record last edited

Feb 8 2016 3:42PM

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