Monument record MCC7469 - Earthworks west of Colchester - the dykes

Summary

The unique and important dyke dystem west of Colchester consisting of a complex system of banks and ditches.

Location

Grid reference TL 94 23 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SW
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX
Civil Parish STANWAY, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The unique and important dyke dystem west of Colchester consisting of a complex system of banks and ditches. <1> Excavations ahve shown that the dyke system not only continued in use after the Roman conquest but was also added to and modified - by the Triple and Grymes Dykes the latter added, possibly in two phases as the new outer perimeter. <2> <3> See site 11625 for a more detailed description.

Site Assessment = Much of the dykes is footpath but some is in private gardens or fields. There is much evidence of damage, mainly encroachment onto the banks by gardens and landscaping. Actual ownership of the dykes seems in places to be in doubt. <1>

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - An Integrated Management Plan.
  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - A Programme of Works.
  • --- DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. 1997. The Colchester Iron Age Dyke System - Task Plans.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: AMRF. unknown. Ancient Monuments Record form. Essex 10a-h, copy in SMR.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. unknown. The Dykes.
  • <3> Map: unknown. unknown. The dykes.

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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