Monument record MCC2245 - Fothergall's Fort, Parliamentarian siege fort, Colchester


Parliamentarian siege fort, Turner Rise.


Grid reference TL 9942 2648 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Fothergall's Fort, a Parliamentarian siege fort built in 1648 and located at Turner Rise, c.200m East of Mile End Road, and one Kilometre North of North Gate. The fort is apparently square? with flankers at the NE and NW corners, and salients in the North and South faces.<1> The site was subject to a watching brief and evaluation in 1996-7. Ditches up to 3m across were recorded that bore no relation to known field boundaries. The largest ditch, which appeared to be the East ditch of the fort, contained post medieval pottery and a musket ball.<2><3><4> For contemporary reference see.<5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Unknown, reproduced by W. Keymer (Printer). 1648. A Diary & Plan of the Siege of Colchester by the Parliamentary Forces.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 1985-1995. Colchester Archaeological Trust Unpublished Archive. 3/97e.
  • <3> Evaluation Report: Benfield, Stephen (CAT). 1999. An archaeological evaluation at St Peter's House, St Peter's Street, Colchester, in 1998. 2/98e.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Mabbitt, John. 1998. Colchester's Civil War siege works; an archaeological survey..
  • <5> Monograph: Defoe, D.. 1724. A Tour through England and Wales. p25.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 26 2016 2:51PM

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