Priory Street unveiling – 11 September 2015

Wall Bastion in Priory Street

Wall Bastion in Priory Street

Please join us as we unveil the fifth Roman Wall interpretation board at 10am on Friday 11 September 2015.

This Board has been kindly sponsored by the Colchester Archaeological Group and it will be unveiled jointly by the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr. Theresa Higgins, and the CAG Chair and Friends Trustee, Mark Davies. The Board will stand on the land of Priory Street Car Park, almost opposite the entrance to The Dell Retirement Homes.

The Chairman of the Friends, Henry Spyvee, comments ‘If ever there was a Board which perfectly illustrates the need for interpretation of our Wall, this is it.’ On the face of it the Wall at this point is made up of brick, some of it obviously very modern. In fact this point was the site of a breach in the Wall at the time of the 1648 Siege. It was knocked down by Parliamentary cannon located on Magdalen Green nearby.

Also visible here are the surviving bastions. Four of the original eight remain above ground. These were erected after the Peasants Revolt of 1381 when the authorities were worried by the possibility of further rebellion.