Element record MCC861 - Roman tessellated pavement, Castle Road, Colchester


Roman tessellated pavement, Castle Road, recorded in 1852.


Grid reference TM 00061 25495 (point)
Map sheet TM02NW


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Full Description

In May 1852, a tessellated pavement was found 18" from the surface at a point marked on the OS 10ft map (with the date '1852 and 1853' <1>) under Castle Road opposite Radnor Terrace.

Dr Duncan records 'a tessellated pavement in the Botanic Garden, which consisted of a bed of concrete and superimposed tesserae'.<2>
William Wire's diary for 14/5/1852 records, 'Purchased several fragments of the above pavement which was made with the centre of black tesserae, the outer part red, the dimensions as far as could be measured, as the whole was not uncovered, were 10ft from N-S and 30ft from E-W, being the entire width of the road'.<3><4>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1876. 1876 OS 1:500 Maps of Colchester. 1:500.
  • <1> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. c.1805. 1805 1 inch OS Maps of Colchester.
  • <2> Article in serial: Duncan, P. M. (Dr). 1873. The Excavation of the cloca in Hollytrees Meadow. T.E.A.S. OS v, 210ff (1873). p.36.
  • <3> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 13/5/1852, 14/5/1852.
  • <4> Monograph: Hull, M.R.. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 8, No 40, p.92.

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Record last edited

Nov 30 2016 12:50PM

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