Element record MCC10068 - Gate tower (remains of), Duncan's Gate, Colchester


Large lump of collapsed masonry to the south of Duncan's Gate, which is the collapsed remains of the gate tower.


Grid reference Centred TM 00016 25563 (3m by 3m)
Map sheet TM02NW
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A large lump of collapsed masonry (in several pieces) is located immediately to the south of Duncan's Gate, and in line with the gateway. This has been interpreted as the remains of a gate tower or turret that has fallen and been preserved in situ adjacent to the gate, and on the line of the carriageway; Duncan, however, referred to this as the fallen arch of the gate. It consists of the outer face of the south wall of the tower, above the main archway and comprises over 30 courses of tiles. The masonry includes evidence for two tile window arches.<1><2><3> Hull proposed two possible interpretations/reconstructions, one a tower with three windows and the other with two.<2>

Following investigation by the Colchester Excavation Committee in 1927-9, the remains were restored/consolidated.<3> In advance of conservation in 2016, a Historic England Level 3 analytical survey was carried out (following decay and collapse).<3>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Watching Brief Report: Baister, Mark. 2017. Archaeological monitoring and recording at Duncan’s Gate, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1UN.
  • <1> Serial: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 1858. Vol. 1 (Old Series), Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society. Vol. I. p.155.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. pp.36-41.
  • <3> Evaluation Report: Baister, Mark. 2016. Historic building recording and test-pit evaluation at Duncan's Gate, Colchester, CO1 1UN. CAT Report 1022.

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Record last edited

Oct 18 2017 1:58PM

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