Building record MCC17 - 91-93 Hythe Hill, Colchester


16th century house, originally three tenements and shops. Two of the tenements have been demolished.


Grid reference TM 01430 24680 (point)
Map sheet TM02SW
1848 Parish ST LEONARD


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House, three tenements and shops, Nos. 91-3, was built early in the 16th century with cross-wings at the E and W ends, the upper storey projects at the N. end of the E. wing. Inside the building in the main block is an original moulded ceiling beam carved with twisted-leaf foliage and a shield bearing the initials I.G. (or C.) and crescent, triangle and square.<1>
The remaining cross-wing of an early C16 house. Considerably altered 2 storeys and attic, sash windows. Tiled roof.<2>
Two of the tenements (Nos. 91 & 92) were demolished in 1967<3> probably as a result of fire damage which is recorded in an annotation next to the RCHME listed building entry.<1>
The photographs also show the remains of a distinctive, and possibly early, brick chimney stack with crenellated decoration.<3>

Dave Stenning (formerly of Essex County Council Historic Buildings Team) has suggested that the building may be earlier in date, perhaps 15th century.<pers com>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> LIST: Department of the Environment. 1971. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest: Borough of Colchester (Essex). p.67.
  • <2> Monograph: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1922. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England): Essex, (North-East). Volume III. p.70.
  • <3> Photograph: Unknown. 1967. Photos of demolition of No's 91 & 92 Hythe Hill. Black & white print.

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Feb 11 2020 2:17PM

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