Element Group record MCC1211 - Anglo-Saxon and later features, Cups Hotel Site, Colchester


Anglo-Saxon and later features discovered during excavations at the Cups Hotel Site, High Street, in 1973.


Grid reference TL 99561 25230 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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During excavations at the Cups Hotel Site in 1973 (ECC346) a number of features were recovered in addition to the main buildings and other structures. A group of stake-holes and two shallow pits or depressions may have been early Anglo-Saxon and associated with 16 sherds of early Anglo-Saxon pottery (see MCC1223). Many pits were excavated which were dated to c.1000 or earlier to c.1200. They were of varying depths, the deepest being 2.7m. 'The largest were probably cess pits.' Four robber trenches belonging to the late 11th or 12th centuries were also found and other contemporary features were two post holes and some shallow gullies, which may have been collapsed animal burrows. The pits and other features were to the north of the robber trenches giving the impression that they were dug at the rear of a building which fronted onto the High Street. North of the medieval building (MCC1203) were eight small shallow pits 'apparently dug in a garden'. Adjacent to the later medieval building on this site (see MCC1205) was a well approx. 15m deep and lined with peg tile and reused Roman building materials. Its date of construction could not be identified but it was probably late medieval or early post-medieval and may have been associated with the building. The well was capped in the 19th century.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. pp.333-336.

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Oct 12 2016 12:55PM

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