Monument record MCC1637 - Early Roman street between Insula 25a & Town Wall, Colchester


Early Roman street aligned N to S along the west edge of Insula 25a.


Grid reference TL 99246 25140 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A north - south Roman street situated along the west edge of Insula 25a. The street ran beneath the town rampart (MCC1170). The first road surface was 20ft wide, well-built of white mortar and pebbles and had a 12in. wide drainage gully on the western side. It sealed Boudican destruction debris over the site of an earlier building (MCC1608). The first two surfaces of the street were cut through by the building trench for the lowest three dressed courses of the town wall (MCC859). The western edge of the third re-surfacing of the street was sealed by the a levelling layer at the top of the foundation trench during the construction of the town wall. This may have been a temporary street set out to aid in the construction of the town wall (see also MCC1015).<1>
According to Crummy this street was laid out 7.0m plus its own width '4.5m', to the east of the former via sagularis (MCC479) of the Roman Legionary Fortress.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Article in serial: Dunnett, B.R.K.. 1971. Excavations in Colchester, 1964-8. Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society Vol. 3, Part 1. pp.66-68.
  • <2> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.110.

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Record last edited

Dec 8 2016 3:34PM

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