Monument record MCC7837 - All Saints Church, Colchester

Summary

There is evidence for disruption of the Roman brick courses at the east end, probably the scars left by removal of an apsidal sanctuary.

Location

Grid reference TL 9992 2519 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

There is evidence for disruption of the Roman brick courses at the east end, probably the scars left by removal of an apsidal sanctuary. This is evidence for a three-celled Norman church. However, the chancel is more elongated than is normal for churches of this plan, prompting the suggestion that the present nave was added to a pre-existing 2-celled apsidal church. There is little room for doubt that the church predates the southward deflection of the High Street caused by the building of the castle in the later C11.<1> The church is one of the earliest of the town's churches after St Runwald's from its High Street location.<2>

Site Assessment = No threats but any opportunity should be taken to assess possible Saxon reuse of Roman structures. The church is on the possible forum site of the Roman town.<1>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- 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.
  • <1> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p30.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Crummy, P. 1981. Aspect s of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester. No 39, p74.

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Record last edited

Apr 25 2016 8:47AM

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