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Roman wall revealed and restored
Cllr Henry Spyvee
The Mayor of Colchester says money from English Heritage has helped to restore the wall

Situated just off the aptly named Roman Road in Colchester the work to restore part of an ancient wall has finished.

The project is estimated to have cost around £115,000 with £46,000 coming in the form of a grant from English Heritage.

The aim is to extend the restoration to other sections for wall at a later date.

The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Henry Spyvee, was on hand to help lay part of the last stones.

"I've been adding the final touches with my expertise! It is good to see this part of the wall in it's finished condition," he said.

"It was not very obvious as to what it was, so it might have been dangerous in places and in need of restoration."

Philip Wise, the Heritage Manager for Colchester and Ipswich Museum service said the wall was constructed shortly after Boudica destroyed Camulodunum [the Roman name for Colchester].

The Victorians went on repair the wall in places, and along with vegetation, this led to the ancient construction becoming hidden and in places starting to fall down.

"As a result of the repairs we've been doing here at Roman Road, we hope the wall will stay in good condition for at least 20 years," he added.

Roman wall in Colchester
Historians believe the wall was built just after AD 60

"This wall is the oldest town wall in Roman Britain and it was erected just after Boudica had come down from Norfolk and the Romans were very keen to avoid that happening again."

In 1648 the walls played a key part in defending the Royalist armies from the Parliamentarians during the 11 week Siege of Colchester.

Colchester Borough Council received money from English Heritage for the restoration project.

Cllr Paul Smith, Culture and Diversity Portfolio holder said: "We believe the original wall was constructed from materials from around the Frinton area and we've found some of the original Roman foundations to prove that the wall dates for that period.

"The materials in this wall were used to help build part of the Castle, which is two streets away," he added.

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