Element Group record MCC2834 - Anglo Saxon pit at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Colchester


A group of sherds of Thetford-type ware found in a pit on the site of St Nicholas Church in 1955.


Grid reference TL 99788 25194 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A group of nine fairly large sherds of Thetford-type wares was found in a pit on the site of the Church in 1955. The apparent absence of early medieval sandy ware points to a date in the 10th or early 11th century. It is very rare for Thetford-type wares to occur in contexts that do not also contain early medieval sandy ware (or later wares). The two wares must have been contemporary for a time, as early medieval sandy ware probably appears in Colchester c.1025-1050, but it is difficult to determine to what degree the Thetford-type wares are residual in these contexts.<1>

A square, timber-lined pit recorded beneath the chancel and dated to the 10th or early 11th century may have been liturgical.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Serial: Cotter, J. P. 2000. CAR 7:Post-Roman pottery from excavations in Colchester 1971-85. CAR 7, p.31.
  • <2> Monograph: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. Historic Churches: a wasting asset. p.31.

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Record last edited

Dec 20 2016 8:25AM

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