Monument record MCC2432 - Early medieval stone house, Pelham's Lane, Colchester


Early medieval stone house, Pelham's Lane. Demolished in 1730.


Grid reference TL 99611 25198 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Early medieval stone house. The rear part of the house consisted of a first-floor hall with a barrel-vaulted basement and three south-facing windows. The basement was possibly at ground level rather than sunken. There appears to have been a wall fireplace in the northern wall of the basement. This is probably not original since its recess is fairly shallow compared with 12th century and later types. The front of the house was rebuilt in timber and apparently incorporated a fascia board along its bressummer with the date 1490.<1>

An elevation of the rear wall and measured ground plan of an early medieval stone house that stood on the corner of Pelham's lane and the High Street. It was demolished in 1730 but copies of the elevation & plan were contained in the 200 original copies of Morant’s 1748 volume.<2>
Photographs of the drawings are held in the Museum Resource Centre.<3>
Stone walls and Thetford type ware were discovered on the site during redevelopment in 1935.<4>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 1: Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester. 1. p.60.
  • <2> Monograph: Morant, Philip. 1748. History of Colchester (Wire's copy).
  • <3> Graphic material: Morant, Philip. Plan & elevation of stone house in Pelham's Lane.

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Record last edited

Oct 21 2016 9:12AM

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