Element record MCC538 - Roman timber-lined water main, Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Roman timber-lined water main discovered during excavations along Balkerne Lane in 1973-6.


Grid reference TL 99214 25171 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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Full Description

During excavations at Balkerne Lane in 1973-6 (ECC332) a Roman timber-lined water main dated to the early years of the Colonia was discovered. The main clearly sealed the backfilled ditch (MCC478) of the abandoned Legionary fortress and was sealed by the floors of several buildings (MCC493, MCC494-MCC496). It ran south-west to north-east and was dug up after the destruction of the Boudican revolt, partly because the course of the later town ditch (MCC539) cut across the line of the main. Some of the timber pipes which formed the main were removed at this time.<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.103, p.115.

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Oct 14 2016 9:55AM

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