Element record MCC2371 - Roman drain through Town Wall, Vineyard Street, Colchester


Roman vaulted drain through town wall, Vineyard Street, recorded in 1957.


Grid reference TL 99740 25013 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

Hull notes, 'In September 1957 I discovered that the demolition of a large building on the N side of Vineyard Street had exposed the face of the Town Wall. The site had been levelled and gravelled to make a car park. Just off this gravelling, at the NW corner of the area, an opening in the wall was apparent. Almost as low as ground level a Roman drain about 2ft wide and high, plus the height of the brick arch spanning it, debouched from the wall. It had been covered , or partly covered by modern patchwork of brick, which was now broken, revealing the Roman work. Within lay a mass of broken bricks, mortar and dust. The underside of the arch could be seen to run back a good distance.' The arch was 123m (370ft) east from the centre line of Sheregate steps. The drain was cleared for 9ft revealing a heap of septaria, the arch continued at least another 6ft.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Hull, M. Rex. Roman Colchester: Walls and Within. loose sheet p.421.

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Record last edited

Oct 27 2016 9:51AM

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