Monument record MCC7830 - Colchester - St Helens Chapel, Maidenburgh Street


The building has been restored and partly rebuilt in 'modern' times.


Grid reference TL 9975 2539 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

The building has been restored and partly rebuilt in 'modern' times.<1><2> In the C14 this was a chantry, later supressed. Subsequently it became a Quaker Meeting House; then a furniture store; and a finds store for Colchester Museum. Thoroughly restored 1883-6 by William Butterfield. The graveyard does not belong to the chapel as such but to the time when it was in use as a Quaker Meeting House. It is fairly small, lies W of the chapel and has been thoroughly tidied.<3> The chapel was bought and restored by P. Round in 1883.<4>

Site Assessment = Interior walls are all covered with C19 plaster. A ceiling of similar date hides the roof timbers; the wood block floor is modern. Quaker graveyard has been levelled, probably in the C19. The ground has been lowered on the N side of the chapel, thus exposing the Roman work.<3>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: RCHME. 1922. An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3. Vol 3, p.50.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: unknown. 1971. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest:Colchester. p.89.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. pp.37-38.
  • <4> RECORD SHEET/FORM: Ordnance Survey. unknown. OS cards. TL92NE3.4, 1976.

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Sep 23 2019 3:47PM

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