Monument record MCC23 - The Neptune Inn, Hythe Quay, Colchester (site of)


15th century halled building (demolished).


Grid reference Centred TM 01496 24568 (1m by 0m)
Map sheet TM02SW
1848 Parish ST LEONARD


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

The Neptune Inn was built in the 15th century with a central Hall. The exterior is quite modern and the original part has been much altered. The Hall formerly extended on to the site of the adjoining warehouse and in the partition is part of an original roof-truss. A curved and moulded brace springs from a moulded wall-post and supports the tie-beam; the spandrel is filled with traceried panels divided by moulded uprights; the spandrels of the tracery have carved foliage.<1>
It first appears by name in the alehouse recognisances of 1818. The pub was demolished shortly after it closed in 1935.<2>
Photographs taken during restoration work in 1905, revealed the buildings 15th century fabric.<3><4><5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1922. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England): Essex, (North-East). Volume III. p.67.
  • <2> Monograph: Jephcott, Jess. A. 1995. The Inns, Taverns and Pubs of Colchester. pp.191-192.
  • <3> Photograph: Unknown. 1905 ?. Photograph of spandrel, Neptune Inn. Black & White print.
  • <4> Photograph: Unknown. 1908 ?. Demolition of Neptune Inn. Black & White print.
  • <5> Photograph: Unknown. 1908 ?. Photograph of timber framing at the Neptune Inn, Hythe Quay.. Black & white print.

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Jan 31 2017 9:15AM

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