Element record MCC898 - Roman tessellated pavement, High Street, Colchester


Roman tessellated pavement, High Street, recorded in 1763.


Grid reference TL 99555 25216 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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Full Description

Morant records, 'near half a very fine and elegant (pavement) was discovered, 12th May 1763, on the north side of the High Street, in a garden belonging to Mr John Bernard, apothecary and chirurgeon, late part of a yard of the Falcon and Queen's Head Inn… Mr Bernard hath enclosed and covered it, in order to preserve it... an exact drawing of it was engraved and delivered with Lexden Hundred, when that part of the History of Essex was published' also that 'near this was found either part of the same or another, when a stable was pulled down, which was supposed to be an old Roman building'.<1>
A drawing of the pavement by Dunthorne, a local artist, is reproduced in Morant and Hull (Plate XXIII, A).<2>
See also Cromwell <3> and others <4><5><6><7><8> (see MCC1177 and MCC1178 for buildings which the pavement could have belonged to).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Monograph: Morant, Philip. 1768. The History and Antiquities of the County of Essex. Volume I. p.184.
  • <2> Monograph: Hull, M. Rex. 1958. Roman Colchester: Reports of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London. No. XX. Insula 19, No 18, pp.150-151.
  • <3> Monograph: Cromwell, Thomas. 1825. History and description of the ancient town and Borough of Colchester in Essex. p.200.
  • <4> Article in serial: Wheeler, R. E. M. and Laver, P. G.. 1919. Roman Colchester. J.R.S. Volume IX page 139. p.160.
  • <5> Serial: Royal Society. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. No 255-6.
  • <6> Monograph: Gisbon, Edmund. 1772. Gibson's Camden. 1772, i, p.356.
  • <7> Monograph: Gough, Richard. 1789. Gough's Camden. 1789, i, p.58.
  • <8> Article in serial: Stukeley, William. 1882. Letters, Diaries. ii, pp.162-163.

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Nov 30 2016 3:05PM

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