Monument record MCC700 - Medieval building, Lion Walk, Colchester


Medieval house (CAT Building 33), outside of the walled town and adjacent to Medieval Bastion 8 (MCC2716), recorded during the excavations at Lion Walk between 1971-4.


Grid reference TL 99693 25001 (point)
Map sheet TL92NE


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At the Lion Walk excavation, Site N, in the section across the town ditches, part of a building was uncovered. The remains consisted of a daub floor, a mortared plinth, a slot or pit and two large post-holes. The plinth was made of stone and mortar and would have supported a timber ground plate. The north end of the daub floor, although damaged, probably when the house was demolished sealed 15th-16th century pits. One of these pits had been dug down the side of the medieval bastion 8 (MCC2716) on the town wall. According to the stratigraphy, the house and the bastion were contemporary and both seem to have been demolished about the same time. The remains of the house were not substantial which is consistent with the notion that the house did not last long. The floor was thin with no make-up below and no noticeable occupation above. Also there was no evidence of any structural changes. It was built at the earliest between c.1450 to 1500 and was demolished probably during or just after the Siege of Colchester in 1648.<1>

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  • <1> Monograph: Crummy, Philip. 1981. CAR 3: Excavations at Lion Walk, Balkerne Lane and Middleborough, Colchester, Essex. 3. p.84.

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Jan 22 2017 12:41PM

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