Monument record MCC699 - Post-medieval almshouse, Eld Lane, Colchester


17th (to 20th) century almshouse (CAT Building 31), recorded during the Lion Walk excavations in 1971.


Grid reference TL 9968 2502 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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CAT Building 31 on Eld Lane, excavated as part of Site L of the Lion Walk excavations in 1971, appears to be part of the original almshouses constructed by Lady Darcy along the northern frontage of Eld Lane. According to Morant these were built during the reign of Charles I and were of brick.<1> Rubble foundations were uncovered. The floors were of daub and the base was found of a brick chimney-stack. This was H shaped showing that it had a fireplace to either side (although this could have been a feature of a later 20th century building). The rubble foundations included two north-south returns which supported either internal walls of two houses or party -walls between three separate houses. Part of the foundation of the frontage wall was uncovered at the south end of the site. The daub floors contained 18th century material and thus were either secondary or else they indicate that the structure was itself a replacement for an earlier building.<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Monograph: Morant, Philip. 1748. History of Colchester (Wire's copy). Bk3,9.
  • <2> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.82.

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Jan 23 2017 9:35AM

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