Element record MCC3077 - Later Roman town ditch, 21 St Peter's Street, Colchester


Just over 7.5m north of the projected line of the town wall, the metalled surface layers (MCC3076) were cut by the southern edge of what appeared to be of a wide and deep ditch (F5). Given its scale and position in relation to the town wall, the feature is likely to be part of the town ditch.


Grid reference Not recorded
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County ESSEX


No mapped location recorded.

Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Most of ditch was located below the contractor's formation level and as such it was proposed that the town ditch would define the northern boundary of the excavation area. Finds recovered from the ditch indicated it was Roman in date and included numerous Roman brick and tile fragments, animal bone, and copper-alloy slag.<1>

As happened at Balkerne Lane, the butt ends of the town ditch on either side of the N to S street MCC3076 were joined up c.AD 275-300 and the street effectively became a cul-de-sac. It cannot be determined if the gate was blocked at this times as happened to the Balkerne Gate.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> EXCAV REPORT: Wightman, Adam (CAT). 2010. An archaeological excavation at 21 St Peter's Street, Colchester, Essex in 2008. CAT report 559.
  • <2> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. CAR 3, pp.110-115.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 21 2016 12:30PM

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