Element Group record MCC9337 - Structural features at 159 Magdalen Street, Colchester


Structural features, including a flint wall, culvert, tile hearths and floor levels (with sherds of medieval pottery) were observed during general building works. A (probable) Anglo-Saxon buckle mould was also recovered.


Grid reference TM 00264 24789 (point)
Map sheet TM02SW
County ESSEX


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

In May 1997 Norman Bone visited the building site for the new YMCA hostel. The building work had uncovered a culvert tall enough to stand in, which was constructed of stone but arched over in tile. There were also three hearths made of tile. There were also 'traces of a substantial stone wall made of large flints but including a few pieces of worked stone with mouldings. Associated with this wall were seven floor levels, the one at the bottom being made of hard compacted clay. At the level of this floor were pieces of medieval pottery, including two jug handles in grey fabric'. A mould of fine-grained limestone, for an elaborate buckle, was also discovered. Paul Sealey identified the mould as (probably) Anglo-Saxon in date.<1>

A limited evaluation was undertaken by Colchester Archaeological Trust in 1992 (ECC967).<2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Article in serial: Shackle, Richard. 1995. Stone mould for casting jewellery from Colchester. Colchester Archaeological Group Bulletin Vol. 38, p.47. p.47.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Colchester Archaeological Trust Ltd. 1985-1995. Colchester Archaeological Trust Unpublished Archive. 1/92a.

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Record last edited

Aug 1 2016 1:02PM

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