Monument record MCC2059 - Roman building, North Hill, Colchester


Roman building discovered during excavations at the NCP car park site on North Hill, 1965.


Grid reference TL 99462 25318 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A small Roman building situated in the southern west corner of Insula 10.

The building was discovered during excavations on the site of a new NCP Car Park on North Hill. It was of two phases built over the levelled remains of an earlier building (MCC2058). All that remained of the structures initial phase were wall foundations, many of them robbed-out, and a few patches of floor. The foundations were built of septaria blocks, tufa and tile. The building was sub-divided into two compartments with sandy-clay floors. One of these floors was worn and had been replaced by a gravel surface.

During its second phase the building was extended with the addition of a small room over the south-east corner of an area of unused land behind the building. North of this room a new north-south wall was constructed which turned east after 14ft. to join the buildings north wall. All the walls had been robbed-out completely. An internal partition wall was suggested by the presence of the charred remains of a beam. One room may have been a workshop as it contained slag and a cake of bronze or copper. Areas to the north and south of the building were surfaced with a gravel metalling during this period.

In a third phase of development the building was again extended, to include the greater part of the western yard area in a single room. Other walls were replaced and divisions were added. The building was eventually demolished and replaced with a new structure c.AD 100 (see MCC2060).<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Article in serial: Dunnett, B.R.K.. 1966. Excavations on North Hill, Colchester. 123:1. pp.27-33.

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Record last edited

Dec 13 2016 2:25PM

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