Colchester Archaeological Trust
CAT Report 1285: summary
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Archaeological evaluation on land at the former Elmstead Delivery Office, Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Essex, CO7 7AB: June 2018
by Mark Baister
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield, Sarah Carter)
Date report completed: July 2018
Location: The former Elmstead Delivery Office, Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Essex, CO7 7AB
Map reference(s): TM 06280 24473
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Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:
An archaeological evaluation of two trial-trenches was carried out on land at the former Elmstead Delivery Office, Clacton Road, Elmstead Market, Essex in advance of the construction of a residential development of two dwellings. The development site is located in the historic core of the town of Elmstead Market, and directly south of the site of a Roman road. The landscape around the town contains substantial archaeological evidence in the form of cropmarks, recorded by aerial photography.
The evaluation revealed a large number of features and building remains dating from the late 17th to the early 20th century. This included brick foundations and floors, a possible gravel surface and several pits and ditches. These remains suggest occupation on this site from the late post-medieval period onwards.