Element record MCC885 - Tessellated pavement, St Helen's Lane, Colchester


Roman tessellated pavement, St Helen's Chapel Graveyard.


Grid reference TL 99699 25394 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE
County ESSEX


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Hull records, Wire notes in his diary 23/11/1855, 'The grave digger of Herrick's Chapel burial ground informs me. When digging a grave…he discovered a variegated tessellated pavement… and that under it were some chips of granite'. On 14/2/1856, 'purchased about twenty red bricks, 4 x 2.5 x 7/8"…found in the burial ground attached to Stockwell Street Chapel. This constituted the ground work of a tessellated pavement of red tesserae in the following order; first a foundation of the bricks set edgeways, then about a foot thick of broken granite, then the concrete on the top of which was set the…pavement. What was the extent of the discovery could not say...but believes it runs under St Helen's Lane'.<1><2><3>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 23/11/1855.
  • <2> DIARY: Wire, William. 1842-1857. Journal of William Wire. 14/2/1856.
  • <3> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 12, No 26, pp.104-105.

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Apr 25 2016 3:44PM

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