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CAT Report 1184: summary

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Historic building recording at Town Wall Section 11, rear of 62 Priory Street (Priory Lodge), Colchester, CO1 2QE: August 2017
by Mark Baister

Date report completed: November 2017
Location: Rear of 62 Priory Street (Priory Lodge), Colchester, CO1 2QE
Map reference(s): TM 0020 2518
File size: kb
Project type: Historic Building Recording
Significance of the results:

Summary. A programme of historic building recording was carried out by Colchester Archaeological Trust at Section 11 of Colchester’s town wall, to the rear of 62 Priory Street (Priory Lodge) in August 2017.

This section of wall contains one of the eight medieval bastions added to the southeast of the wall in the 14th century, as well as remnants of medieval facing which was added to the wall at the same time. Since the medieval period the wall has been refaced and repaired multiple times. Until relatively recently the bastion had a modern structure on top of it, evidence for which is visible on photographs from 1923 and 1986.

There is some evidence at the base of the wall for underpinning, suggesting that the modern ground level along Priory Street is lower than the base of the Roman foundation. This has been observed elsewhere on the wall circuit, most notably at Lion Walk.