Monument record MCC7949 - Colchester - St Botolph's Priory


Possibly Anglo-Saxon burials have been recovered.


Grid reference TL 9995 2497 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SE


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Possibly Anglo-Saxon burials have been recovered. <1> <2> Same as Mersea Road cemetery?, or burials reported by Hull east of Priory? (see ).
Aerial photo <3>
St. Botolphs was almost certainly a minster foundation of the Anglo-Saxon period. There is no information regarding the foundation date of the first church on the site, which could be as early as the 7th century. There are also tantalizingly inadequate records of Anglo-Saxon burials being found around St. Botolphs. <4>
St. Botolphs was a late C11 Augustinian foundation which almost certainly regularised a pre-exisitng Anglo-Saxon monastic institution. This combined with its position in a presumed Roman cemetery outside the site of Roman South Gate, makes it very likely that the Priory was based on a Roman cemetery church. <5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> MENTION: Priddy, DA. unknown. SMR.
  • <2> MENTION: Meaney, A. 1964. A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon Burial Sites. p86.
  • <3> AP: Strachan, David. 1997. CP/97/10/14.
  • <4> DESC TEXT: Rodwell, Warwick J with Rodwell, KA. 1977. CBA Research Report No. 19 Historic Churches - a wasting asset. p34-35.
  • <5> DESC TEXT: Crummy, P. 1981. Aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Norman Colchester.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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