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CAT Report 1622: summary

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Geophysical Survey and an Archaeological Strip, Map and Record Excavation at Wakes Hall, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DB: November 2020
by Robin Mathieson
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley and Sarah Carter)

Date report completed: January 2021
Location: Wakes Hall, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne
Map reference(s): TL 8857 2883
File size: kb
Project type: Geophysical survey and SME
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological excavation was undertaken at Wakes Hall, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, Essex in advance of the extension of an existing building, its conversion into twelve dwellings, and the construction of a further ten dwellings. Several foundations which are likely to be associated with a World War II camp, a post-medieval pit, a modern drainage system, and a fragmentary modern brick floor surface were uncovered. The camp probably supplied troops manning the pillboxes and defences around the Chappel Viaduct (part of the eastern Command Line) immediately to the east. Later the redundant camp was used for providing accommodation to for displaced persons after the war.