Element record MCC1651 - Undated burial, St Mary's Cottage, Church Street, Colchester


Undated burial, St Mary's Cottage, Church Street, recorded during a watching brief in 1982.


Grid reference TL 99274 25027 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

One of two (with MCC1650) tile-lined graves partly exposed at the base of one of the trenches dug during the construction of houses in the garden of St Mary's Cottage, Church Walk (to the south of St Mary's Churchyard MCC411).<1>

An earlier excavation in 1962, to the west of this site (see ECC670) recovered a number of 'Christian burials' in stone and mortar cists. 'These possibly date to the 12th or 13th centuries AD. And appear to be contemporary with an earlier church of St. Mary which stood to the south of the present building'.<2> According to Rodwell the technique of using rough lumps of tile and stone to line the graves 'is indicative of a pre-Conquest date, and may well go back to the middle Saxon period'.<3> <See MON339>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. pp.980-983.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Various. 1962. Colchester SMR file: 'Balkerne Lane 62/63'.
  • <3> Monograph: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. Historic Churches: a wasting asset. p.33.

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Record last edited

Jan 23 2017 3:57PM

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