Monument record MCC8413 - Crouch Street, Colchester


Roman building.


Grid reference TL 9925 2486 (point) (FCE)
Map sheet TL92SE


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

Three records of the main part of this building. In TEAS, 8, p110, PG Laver states there are foundations and walling at the S end of Dr Chichester's garden, near Burlngton Road and certain walls indicating a rectangular building at least 100ft long. In Feb 1935 Dr E Wirth allowed the museum to investigate a piece of Roman walling in the same garden and the masonry proved to be the arc of an apse which apparently formed part of the E end of the building. The building stood c.0.25miles S of the town wall. The apse was of septaria blocks laid in a yellowish mortar. No traces of a laid floor were found, nor a definite occupation layer. Opposite the S end of the apse was a small pit, 6-7ft deep, probably a well shaft, c.3ft in diameter and wood lined. Finds from this included coins of Nerva, Trajan, M Aurelius, Sept Severus, Postumus, Constantine the Great (see this source for list). In addition to the coins there was most of a human skull, complete thigh bone, silver armlet, small silver ring, imperfect iron stylus, iron nails and pottery including half of a mortarium. "The whole is suggestive of a votive deposit dating from the late C2, but there is hardly sufficient evidence on which to class the building as a temple". <1>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> DESC TEXT: Hull, MR. 1958. Roman Colchester. p245-48.
  • <2> DESC TEXT: Laver, PG. unknown. Trans Essex Archaeol Soc. Vol 8, p.110.
  • <3> DESC TEXT: Journal of Roman Studies. unknown. J Roman Stud. Vol 11, p221.

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Nov 3 2015 11:41AM

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