Building record MCC253 - 7 Trinity Street, Colchester


16th century house with major 18th century alterations.


Grid reference TL 99598 25081 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

RCHME survey of house in Trinity Street. The house 'was built in the 16th century, but has no old features externally. Inside the building, both the ground and first floors have original moulded ceiling beams'.<1> Corresponds to No 7 Trinity Street, according to the Listing description.

DOE survey of No 7 Trinity Street. Grade II. C16 origin, completely altered externally C18 and later. Two storeys and attics, the roofs tiled. Big brick archway leading to No 8 through the centre of the building. The north part has a one-window range, double hung sashes with glazing bars, small pediment head door case. The south part of the building has a modern ground floor office extension on the front.<2>

Dendrochronological investigation was undertaken by Martin Bridge in 2016. The timbers in the main range of Tymperleys, currently used as the tea shop, were found to have too few rings for dating. A single timber, in No 7 Trinity St (the bookshop), yielded a 97 year sequence which was subsequently dated to the period 1290–1386. The outer ring was thought to be very close to the heartwood-sapwood (H/S) boundary although not the actual boundary. The likely felling date range is therefore given as c 1396–1428 as it is not possible to be more accurate than this without a certain H/S boundary.<3>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Monograph: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1922. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England): Essex, (North-East). Volume III. No 140.
  • <2> LIST: Department of the Environment. 1971. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Borough of Colchester (Essex). TL9925 SE 5/246.
  • <3> Historic Building Recording: Bridge, Martin. 2016. Dendrochronological Dating of Timbers at 'Tymperleys' (No 8) & No 7 Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex.

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Jan 31 2017 8:54AM

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