Monument record MCC725 - Roman building, Balkerne Hill, Colchester


Roman building discovered during subway construction work at Balkerne Hill in 1976.


Grid reference TL 99219 25467 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
1848 Parish ST PETER


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Full Description

A Roman building was discovered during excavations for a subway at the bottom of Balkerne Hill in 1976. The remains consisted of waterlogged and perfectly preserved wooden piles still in situ together with part of a damaged mortar foundation. The piles had been driven into the base of the buildings foundation trench and were presumably intended to make the foundations more stable. No floor levels were found but the highest surviving Roman levels were about 0.8m above the tops of the piles giving some indication of the original depth of the foundation. The building may have been part of a complex of structures located around the Victorian waterworks to the west (see ECC362).<1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Serial: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.146.

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Jan 23 2017 8:58AM

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