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Roman wall to be put on permanent display in Colchester
11:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
AN IMPORTANT Roman wall will be revealed in Colchester for the first time.
Developers have won backing to unearth part of the Roman remains facing Castle Park and put them on permanent display.
Plans for the “major tourist attraction” have been in the works for seven years.
Colchester Council gave them the go ahead this week.
Suki Dulai, of developer the Flying Trade Group, said: “It’s really good news.
“There had been a lot of issues and the planners had wanted a redesign of it to respect the Roman heritage.
“I think it will attract a lot of tourists. It’s one of the most important walls in the UK.”
The foundations survive under a High Street building in front of Colchester Castle.
They are the remains of a great architectural facade, which fronted the precinct of the Temple of Claudius.
The only part of the Roman temple visible at the moment is under Colchester Castle’s foundations and can only be seen as part of a guided tour.
The remains of the arches around the temple are well preserved because of a layer of dirt they were covered in during the construction of the castle bailey in the 11th century.
Residential flats will be built on top of the ground floor, leaving that open for the foundations to be on permanent display under glass and for a cafe to be built.
Work to the site will start this year.
Mr Dulai said he hoped the Roman ruins to be on display finally from 2014.
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