Monument record MCC6940 - Roman well, Everetts Brickyard, Colchester


Roman timber-lined well discovered in 1955.


Grid reference Centred TM 001 257 (297m by 292m) (FCE)
Map sheet TM02NW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Timber well discovered in 1955 by removal of overburden. The site had previously yielded traces of a Roman cemetery (see MCC8970). Although R.H. Farrands, S.E. West and F.H. Erith carried out preliminary investigations, further work was not possible. No plan or section has survived, only some poor quality photographs. Part of the upper fill of the well was excavated and may have produced much of the pottery found. Farrands also found pottery from `an adjacent ploughed field', presumably to the east. The pottery is an odd assemblage, a large number of late C2 Colchester colour-coated beakers and sherds of BB2 pie dish form 37. The former could indicate the presence of a kiln or (perhaps a wharf?). Finds also included a copper alloy stud, a piece of tile tessellated pavement, a `roller-stamped' flue tile, a large amount of greyware sherds from late C1-C4, three Dressel 20 amphoras, a number of large storage jars, a number of white ware forms including early local flagons and four late C2 local mortaria sherds, two Hadham ware flagon handles, some possible `Rhenish' imports, a lot of Samian sherds, mostly plain. If a number of C3 Colchester Mortaria sherds are really from the well, a C3 date for the infilling is suggested.<1><2><3>
Roman rubbish pits in Everetts Brickyard 1927.<4>

NB. This is the same as MCC2012.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Barford, P. 1976 ?. Unrecorded Discoveries in North-East Essex 1955-1976. Forthcoming, typescript in SMR.
  • <2> Photograph: unknown. 1955. PHOTO by .
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. unknown. Col Mus Rep. pp.6-9.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. 1958. Roman Colchester. p.293.

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Sep 18 2017 11:28AM

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