Monument record MCC467 - Medieval building (CAT Building 181), 42 Crouch Street, Colchester


Remains of a large Medieval building (CAT Building 181) of 13th century or later date, identified as part of the Church of the Crouched Friars. Based on the invesitgations to the east in 2007, at 38-40 Crouch Street, the walls recorded in 1988 can be seen to be part of the nave of the church.


Grid reference TL 99100 24945 (point)
Map sheet TL92SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

(Part of) Large east-west building of 13th century or later date (Part of the house of Crouched Friars?). The building extended for at least 12m E to W, it was defined by two foundations 6.5m apart with a probable range of rooms, 3.0m wide to the south. No definite floors were uncovered. The foundations were shallow, of stone and mortar with a few peg-tile fragments and layers of gravel. The shallowness of the foundation suggested that the building had been disturbed by later terracing. The inclusion of peg-tile in the foundations suggests a 13th century or later date. The date of demolition is unknown. Only limited excavation of the foundations was possible following clearance of modern rubble.<1>

Subsequent investigation by Colchester Archaeological Trust to the east at 38-40 Crouch Street defined, almost certainly, the east end of the same building, and strongly suggests these are the remains of the church of the Crouched Friars.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1993. CAR 9:Excavations of Roman and later cemeteries, churches and monastic sites in Colchester, 1971-8. 9. pp.249-252.
  • <2> EXCAV REPORT: Benfield, S. and Brooks, H.. 2007. Crouched Friars: the medieval church structure and its associated cemetery. 38-40 Crouch Street, Colchester: January-April 2007. CAT report 434.

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Record last edited

Oct 19 2016 11:44AM

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