Monument record MCC3138 - The Mount in St John's Abbey Precinct, Colchester

Summary

A prominent artificial mound located in the south-east corner of the walled precinct of St John's Abbey (see MCC439). The mound is marked as a circular shape on the early maps (which might simply be a mapping convention) but is now more elongated in shape (and also on the County Series 1:2500 Epoch 1, from which the mound has been plotted). The mound is first marked on Thomas Sparrow's 1767 map of the town, and on later maps; it is not marked on Speed's 1610 map or the 1648 Siege Map. This might suggest the mound post-dates the 1648 Siege Map, but without further dating evidence this cannot be confirmed.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 998 245 (18m by 13m)
Map sheet TL92SE
County ESSEX
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

A prominent artificial mound located in the south-east corner of the walled precinct of St John's Abbey. The mound is marked as a circular shape on the early maps (which might simply be a mapping convention) but is now more elongated in shape (and also on the County Series 1:2500 Epoch 1, from which the mound has been plotted). The mound is first marked on Thomas Sparrow's 1767 map of the town, and consequently on later maps.<1> This might suggest the mound post-dates the 1648 Siege Map but it cannot be confirmed without further dating evidence.

Crummy (1981) states, 'It apparently contains much human bone and traditionally is fancifully regarded as being a product of plague or the siege of Colchester in 1648'.<3>

The 1:2500 First Edition County Series (c.1880) records, 'Human remains found 1867', but there is no further information (MCC1877). <2>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Cartographic materials: Sparrow, Thomas. 1767. A survey of the Ancient Town & Borough of Colchester.
  • <2> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1882. 1882 1/2500 OS Map of Colchester.
  • <3> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 1: Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester. 1. p.46.

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Record last edited

Sep 19 2016 11:13AM

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