Welcome to all that is Interesting In Colchester

Holy Trinity Tower
This website is about the more ‘interesting’ aspects of the town, from her ancient history, natural history and social history, with some “wow, I didn’t know that” facts, that the current inhabitants may not realise were even there or existed. Along the way I’ll uncover those interesting little facts that perhaps history has forgotten and those small details that other historians have omitted.

Finally there are the people who helped shape this great town we live in and enjoy today. Researching the town’s past parishioners through the information written on the grave stones, located in various cemeteries to discover the stories that history has forgotten. Come and experience a journey of discovery into all that is interesting in Colchester!

Head of Simon Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury 1375 to 1381

Featured Article

A tale of two priestsThe story of two priests The year 1381 will always be remembered for the uprising known as the Peasants Revolt, in which the peasants rose up against a series of Poll Taxes, which had been introduced. These taxes pitted the will of the king against the people, lighting the fire of rebellion. Two of the […]

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Welcome to Colchester’s monthly quiz.

Questions range from local history, nature, zoo animals and general questions about Colchester, with many being picture questions!

You only have 20 seconds to answer each question, so the quicker you answer, the more points you will score.

Individual scores over 2500 are good! Will it be your name at the top of our leader board?

Why not challenge your friends and post your score on Facebook for all to see. Good luck!

Article of the Month

Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty – Fact or FictionHumpty Dumpty – Fact or fiction When people talk about the former church of St. Mary at the Walls, they nearly all say, oh yes, that’s where the rhyme Humpty Dumpty was set, associating the story with the siege of Colchester because of the cannon which was located on the tower. Knowing that the siege […]

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Media & News

Newspaper ArticlesRecent Newspaper Articles Some of the articles which have featured in the Colchester Gazette over the past few months. Read about some graffiti on a Colchester pub which leads back to the Red Barn Murder in Polstead. Read all about Humtp Dumpty. Is the story fact or fiction? Read about how the the elephant has […]

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John Ball article

Local History

Musket ball impact marks at the Siege House The Scars of BattleThe Scars of Battle The siege of Colchester in 1648 changed this town in so many ways, especially when it came to the damage and destruction inflicted upon the town’s buildings, including some the town’s churches. Every parish was effected by the siege in some way with St. Botolphs fairing the worst with 53 houses […]

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1648 gld ten shilling siege coin Colchester Siege CoinColchester Siege Coin In the former church of St. Giles, there is a framed certificate with a gold coin upon it with the words: “This gold coin is a replica of the original gold ten-shilling piece, now in the British Museum, which was struck by the Royalists during the siege of Colchester in 1648.” Was […]

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Grave of Henry Robern MacLellan Grave of Henry Robert MaclellanThe Grave of Henry Robert Maclellan St. Peter’s Church on North Hill has been a burial site for the people of Colchester, since the church was first established on this site over eleven hundred years ago. One interesting series of burials concerned a touring production of theatre performers (also referred to as comedians or comedy […]

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Grave of Caroline Maria Applebee Grave of Caroline Maria ApplebeeGrave of Caroline Maria Applebee In the cemetery at St. Mary at the Walls, there is the grave to a very talented artist. Her name was Caroline Maria Applebee and she was born in London in 1786, the daughter of John Benjamin Applebee, a rector, and Grace Lukyn. She spent almost her entire life in […]

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Interesting Objects

C47b Dakota (KP208), the Gate Guardian at Merville Barracks in Colchester and the last Dakota in service with the RAF. Aviation history in ColchesterAviation history in Colchester Colchester is home to many historic treasures and buildings to which this town should be proud to own and care for. These include the country’s largest Victorian water tower, Largest Norman castle keep and a Roman Circus, one of the most significant finds of them all. With all that Colchester has […]

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Bell chamber at Little Horksley Church Colchester’s ancient bellsColchester’s ancient bells Today, the former All Saints Church has a new lease of life as this town’s Natural History Museum, with the interior quite unrecognisable from her days as a place of worship. Back in the 1950’s the Bishop of Colchester, Dudley Narborough, was responsible for closing many churches in the town including All […]

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Wall Plaques

Siege plaque Siege plaque at St. Martins ChurchSiege of 1648 commemorated with plaque at St. Martins Church This is a commemorative plaque inside St. Martin’s Church in West Stockwell Street, which marks the destruction of the church tower during the siege of Colchester in 1648. This plaque is made of encaustic tiles and was designed by Rev Ernest Geldart (1848 – 1929) […]

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Colvin_James_VC_plaque James earns V.C in IndiaColchester man earns his V.C serving in India This wall plaque located at 6 Berechurch Road is where Colchester’s second Victoria Cross holder lived from 1921 to 1945. His name was James Morris Colquhoun Colvin (1870 – 1945) and this is the story of how James earned his V.C. In 1897 when James was 27 […]

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Natural History

Blue tit Blue TitsBlue Tits The Blue Tit is one of the most recognisable garden birds in the country; with their yellow breast, blue wings, blue cap and a green back with a black and white face. Belonging to the family Paridae, their Latin name is Cyanistes Caeruleus and are one of the smallest of our native birds. […]

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Common Adder Common AdderCommon Adder Yes, there are snakes in Colchester and the Adder is the only venomous snake native to this country, as opposed to the Smooth Snake and the Grass Snake, which are both harmless. This one was photographed at the Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, whilst others have been seen on Mersea Island and up at […]

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From the Zoo…

Great Hornbill Rufous HornbillsRufous Hornbills There are many exotic birds at Colchester Zoo, helping to draw visitors each day to one of our town’s most popular tourist attractions. The Rufous Hornbill has to be one of the most unusual and instantly recognisable of any of its bird, with its large red bill and casque above it, a throwback […]

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Fennec Fox Fennec FoxFennec Fox We all like to see cute fury animals looking cute and innocent, and Colchester Zoo has several, probably the most popular being the Meerkats. However, there is another which spends their time curled up in their enclosure drawing in the crowds. These are the Fennec Foxes, of which there are two and hopefully […]

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People & Places

Head of Simon Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury 1375 to 1381 A tale of two priestsThe story of two priests The year 1381 will always be remembered for the uprising known as the Peasants Revolt, in which the peasants rose up against a series of Poll Taxes, which had been introduced. These taxes pitted the will of the king against the people, lighting the fire of rebellion. Two of the […]

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New bridge on Balkerne Hill Urban modernisation of Balkerne HillUrban modernisation of Balkerne Hill Town’s evolve and develop over time. Populations increase creating the need for more housing, commercial premises, roads and amenities resulting in urban development and town expansions. In recent years, these redeveloped areas are mostly former industrial areas where an industry had relocated or declined leaving a concrete eyesore in the […]

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Views & Gardens

Flower tank WW1 Flower TankReplica tank made from flowers This ‘flower tank’ was a new attraction for 2014 in Castle Park and was mounted on sandbags and surrounded by red flowers and wooden crosses. This tank was erected in the same location, where back in 1920 a mark IV tank from the first world war was on display. The […]

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