Monument record MCC460 - Medieval cemetery, St John's Abbey monks burial ground, Colchester


Medieval, Monks burial ground in northern part of Abbey Precinct.


Grid reference TL 99849 24788 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE


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The burial ground of the monks of St John's Abbey appears to have been situated in the northern end of the precinct.

A charter of Bishop Gilbert of London (1165-71) confirms that St Giles's Church was 'founded' in the existing cemetery of the Abbey.<1><2> A lay cemetery appears to have existed around St John's Church in the NE corner of the precinct in the 12th century, this was superseded by a lay cemetery surrounding St Giles's to the East of this. The exact location and scale of the monks cemetery is unknown, however burials have been found south of St Giles's churchyard, under the Officers Club tennis courts.<3> and elsewhere.<4>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> COLLECTION / PARENT: Various. Essex Records Office Miscellaneous Documents. Cart St J A,87.
  • <2> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 1: Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester. 1. p.41.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 1985-1995. Colchester Archaeological Trust Unpublished Archive. pp.108-109.
  • <4> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 26/1/1843.

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Oct 19 2016 10:13AM

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