Element record MCC2789 - Roman wall foundation, 38-40 Crouch Street, Colchester


Roman wall foundation discovered during evaluation at 38-40 Crouch Street, 2004.


Grid reference TL 99119 24934 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A large east-west foundation (Feature 2) survived intact on the western side of Trench 1, although it had been robbed further east. The top of Feature 2 lay 0.55m below the modern ground level. The foundation was constructed of septaria and Roman brick/tile fragments set in hard, gravely, pale brown mortar. The southern face was well-defined, although due to the robbing the northern edge was not located. The mortared foundation was thus at least 1.1m wide and survived 0.5m deep. <1>

Although difficult to date directly, the substantial nature of Feature 2, together with the absence of peg-tile, suggests it was probably of Roman date. Its alignment, however, appeared to differ from that of the building found nearby in 1971.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Evaluation Report: Shimmin, Don (CAT). 2004. An archaeological evaluation at 38-40 Crouch Street, Colchester, Essex, July 2004. CAT Report 277, pp.2-3.
  • <2> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1993. CAR 9:Excavations of Roman and later cemeteries, churches and monastic sites in Colchester, 1971-8. 9. pp.236-244.

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Record last edited

Dec 19 2016 12:35PM

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