Element record MCC845 - Roman mosaic, 18 North Hill, Colchester


Roman mosaic, 18 North Hill, recorded by William Wire in the 19th century and partially exposed in 1977.


Grid reference TL 99417 25407 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Wire's diary from November 1845 to March 1847 records the uncovering of a tessellated pavement and mosaic at 17-18 North Hill. Wire was informed that the mosaic was found twenty years before then covered up again.<1><2> During Wire's time it was uncovered then re-covered, to lie undisturbed until 1906 when part of it was again uncovered and removed to the Museum. A picture was published in Hull's Roman Colchester.<3><4> The black and white mosaic was partially uncovered again during a watching brief in 1977 (In the TEAS it is shown as colour, presumably an embellishment?).<5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 28/11/1845, 1/12/1845.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wire, William. Wire's Album.
  • <3> Monograph: Hull, M.R.. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 2, No 12,pp.77-80, & pl. 15.
  • <4> Serial: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 1909. Vol. 10 (New Series) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society. Vol. X (New Series). p.87.
  • <5> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1992. CAR 6: Excavations at Culver Street, the Gilberd School, and other sites in Colchester 1971-85. 6. pp.354-355.

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Record last edited

Jan 23 2017 12:25PM

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