Market Place, Anchor Hill

The Early Market Place

Summary by Pat Marsden

Market Place, Anchor Hill
Pat Marsden
Market Place, Anchor Hill
Pat Marsden
The Cage at Wivenhoe from the Essex Telegraph
Wivenhoe Memories Collection

The High Street, West Street and East Street all run into Anchor Hill and there is a short lane down to the Quay.  This area in one of the earliest parts of the town is believed to be the original mediaeval market place.  There was some infilling of the market place with the building of the Old Bakehouse in the sixteenth century.  Nicholas Butler refers to the stocks, whipping post and cage (a small lock-up) almost certainly sited on Anchor Hill, the cage still being there in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

References

Anon, ‘The Cage’, Essex Review, vii, 255 (1898)
Butler, N., ‘The Story of Wivenhoe’, (1989), p11
Historic Environment Records (SMR 19781)
Medlycott, M., Wivenhoe ‘Historic Town Assessment Report’ (1999)

As described on the Wivenhoe Local List, adopted by Colchester Borough Council in March 2012.

This page was added on 02/05/2016.

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