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CAT Report 609: summary

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Building recording at 1-3 The Potteries, Pottery Lane, Chelmsford, Essex - June 2011
by Chris Lister
(with contributions from -)

Date report completed: November 2011
Location: 1-3 The Potteries, Pottery Lane, Chelmsford, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 7028 0847 (c)
File size: 7,581 kb
Project type: Building recording
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: brickworks, 19th century, workers

Summary. Three unlisted C19th brick cottages, built between 1832 and 1854 and associated with the historic former Broomfield Brick, Tile and Pottery Works, were surveyed by Colchester Archaeological Trust in June 2011. The cottages are typical of early Victorian construction with shallow roofs and recessed windows. They appear to have changed only superficially in the C20th and they provide a good example of industrially associated working class housing that has often been cleared away without record. As surviving examples of how ordinary workers lived in the C19th, they provide today’s society with a glimpse of its Victorian counterpart.