Monument record MCC7845 - St Peter's Church, Colchester

Summary

The only Colchester church recorded in Domesday sited at the major Roman and Medieval road junction.

Location

Grid reference TL 9940 2522 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE
Non Parish Area COLCHESTER, COLCHESTER, ESSEX

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Full Description

The only Colchester church recorded in Domesday sited at the major Roman and Medieval road junction. The parish was the most prosperous in Colchester at the time of Domesday (sources 2 and 3). The reference to the church in Domesday shows that it was well established and richly endowed by 1086 and therfore was an important Anglo-Saxon foundation. The present plan shows no hint of Anglo-Saxon origin. <1> <2> <3> Before 1066 two priests recorded in Domesday. <4>

Site Assessment = Only excavation can provide information on the Anglo-Saxon church or churches and check layout and extent of te earlier Medieval building. Plaster stripping coukld reveal if remains of earlier walls survive, embedded in later work. Excavation in the churchyard would be difficult and only worthwhile on a very large scale, except perhaps immediately adjacent to the church. If ground level is lowered oppurtunity should be taken to study the foundations. <1>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. pp28-9.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Doubleday, HA. 1903. Victoria County History, Essex, Vol I (VCH). Vol 1.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Trans Essex Archaeological Soc. 1921. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 15, pp94-5.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Rumble, A. 1983. Domesday Book - 32, Essex. B3d, B7.

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Record last edited

Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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