Find Spot record MCC7804 - St James' Church, Colchester


Roman brick used in the nave fabric.


Grid reference TM 0014 2522 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TM02NW


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Roman brick used in the nave fabric. <1> <3> The tower has a large admixture of Roman brick - above the butresses the quoins are of Roman brick. The S windows in the second stage of the tower and the splays and rear-arches of the others are perhaps C13 and made of Roman brick. The bell chamber has in each wall a window all modern except the splays and rear arches which are of Roman and later bricks and perhaps C14.<2> Roman town wall forms part of the property boundary. <4>

Trenches dug around the church gave the opportunity to view the detailed working of the drainage. No burials were disturbed during the work, although there was a quantity of loose human bone(charnel). Two of the trenches merely showed graveyard soil cut by the modern drain. The other revealed the outer face of the south aisle wall, and the face of one of the buttresses. <5>

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  • <1> MENTION: Priddy, DA. unknown. SMR.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, pp.35-37.
  • <3> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TL92NE3.20, 1976.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Department of the Environment. 1971. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Colchester Borough. p23.
  • <5> EXCAV REPORT: Colchester Archaeological Trust. 2000. A report on test pits dug at the church of St James the Great, East Hill, Colchester,Essex. CAT Report no.72.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Brooks, H. 2005. A desk-based assessment of the archaeological remains around the Central Clinic, East Lodge Court, High Street, Colchester. June 2005.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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