Monument record MCC7868 - Colchester - Pelham's Lane


Site of Norman stone building, demolished 1730.


Grid reference TL 9956 2519 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Site of Norman stone building, demolished 1730. <1> Demolished in 1730, but an elevation of the rear wall and a measured ground plan survived (sources ) enabling a reconstruction to be produced, although the vertical dimensions cannot be relied upon. The rear part of the house comprised a first-floor hall with a barrel vaulted basement and 3 south-facing windows. The basement was possibly at ground level rather than sunken. There seems to have been a wall fireplace in the N wall of the basement, probably not original, since its recess is relatively shallow compared to C12 or later types. The fireplace NE of this, from its shape and central location, was probably resited, no earlier than the C16. The front part of the house had been rebuilt in timber, apparently incorporating a fascina board along its bressumer with the date 1490. This was misread as 1090 in C18 provoking a fanciful association with Eudo Dapifer. Stone walls and Thetford-type ware were found on the site during redevelopment in 1936. <2> - <7>

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Priddy, DA. unknown. SMR.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Crummy, P. 1981. Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester (Colchester Archaeological report 1). No 39 (CAT Rep 1), pp59-60, 69.
  • <3> Map: Morant, P. 1748. History of Colchester. in some of the original copies (cf. source 4).
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Rudsdale, EJ. 1949. Morant's Colchester. Vol 58, pp.90-95.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Morant, P. 1748. History of Colchester. Vol 2, p32.
  • <6> DESC TEXT: Colchester Museum. unknown. Col Mus Rep. p45.
  • <7> DESC TEXT: Rudsdale, EJ. unknown. Norman Colchester. MS.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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