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CAT Report 1202: summary

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An archaeological watching brief at East Hill House, 76 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UF: April 2014-March 2017
by Donald Shimmin

Date report completed: April 2014-March 2017
Location: East Hill House, 76 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UF
Map reference(s): TM 0008 2524
File size: 8516 kb
Project type: Monitoring
Significance of the results:

Summary. A series of groundworks was monitored by CAT in 2014-17 to the west and south of East Hill House. The contractor's trenches were fairly shallow and Roman remains were not reached. The groundworks on the western side of East Hill House took place mainly in a courtyard to the east of the Coach House. Resurfacing work in the southern part of the courtyard revealed a large well with a rubble lining that was probably of late medieval or early post-medieval date. Brickwork in the upper part of the well suggests it continued in use into the 19th century. Other remains in the courtyard included a stone-and-mortar foundation that contained fragments of peg-tile but was otherwise not closely dated. It was sealed by a cobbled surface that was recorded in several places in the courtyard and was probably of 19th-century date. To the south of East Hill House, a few post-medieval/modern brick features were uncovered in a narrow pipe trench.