Priory Street board unveiled

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The unveiling of the Priory Street interpretation board

On Friday 11 September 2015 the fifth wall interpretation board was unveiled by the Mayor of Colchester Cllr Theresa Higgins and Mark Davies representing the Colchester Archaeological Group. The Group chose to sponsor this board because of its links with this particular site. The Group’s first excavation, in 1965, recorded the foundations of the bastion that once stood here.

Our Chairman of the Friends noted that ‘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.

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.

Annual General Meeting – 5 March 2015

Our fourth AGM will take place on Thursday, 5 March, 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Mayoral Suite at Colchester Town Hall. This relates to the year ending 30 June, 2014. However, the report on our work will be much more up-to-date.

There will be a presentation of the accounts and an election of officers and committee. The present Committee is Henry Spyvee (Chairman), Vivien Spyvee (Minute Secretary), Barry Donovan, Bill Hayton (Publicity Officer) and Elisabeth Baines, Anthony Bartleet, Barbara Butler, Mark Davies, Andrew Phillips and Rob Waites. It will be proposed to add to these Bryn Smart who was co-opted during the year and to replace Anthony Bartleet by David Balcombe (both represent the Colchester & North East Essex Building Preservation Trust who are Corporate Members of the Friends.)

Barry Donovan wishes to step down as Treasurer so there is a vacancy there. Both Anthony and Barry have been with us from the start and have given us excellent support. Replacing Barry will be a challenge.

After the business of the AGM Adam Wightman will talk to us about  ‘BEFORE THE WALL – Excavations at the Williams and Griffins department store: further evidence for the effects of the Boudican uprising on the unwalled colony at Colchester.’ Adam is an archaeologist with the Colchester Archaeological Trust and has directed their dig at W & G’s. You may have seen him telling Richard Wilson all about this on ITV recently.