The 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 […]
Over the years many people have lived and worked in Colchester, some in public life others being ordinary people working in ordinary jobs. All these people collectively have helped shape this town into what we know today. Some of the town’s past parishioners did achieve something in their lifetime, either through their work, their talent or linked to an event which cost them their lives.
In this section I’ll introduce you to some of these people, from all walks of society and tell you a little of what they did and achieved.
Grave of Caroline Maria Applebee In the cemetery at St. Mary’s 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 […]
The Grave of Sir William Campion St. Peters Church on North Hill has had a long association with the town of Colchester for over a thousand years and even the present church holds many memorials to her rich history. In the north east corner there is a ledger slab on the floor marking the grave […]
The first person buried in Colchester Cemetery The need for more cemetery space in Colchester was becoming more of an issue with the passing years, similar to many towns and cities around the country, the church cemeteries were full and space was at a premium. A new, purpose built cemetery was needed and in 1856 […]
Church memorial to a lost mariner and the story of a tragedy at sea! In the churchyard of St. Leonards at the Hythe lies a broken memorial stone, with half faded writing, to look at, similar to so many other stones and graves in church cemeteries around the country. That is until you look a […]
Grave of Richard Coleman, Ironmonger This is the grave of Richard Coleman, a local ironworker, and his wife Sarah, which is located on the east side of the cemetery at the redundant church of All Saints, now Colchester’s Natural History Museum. The inscription on their grave reads: Sacred to the memory of Richard Coleman of […]
Local scrivener forms legal firm which is still in business after 250 years! Located up at St. Leonards Church in Lexden, lies a forgotten grave with an almost unreadable inscription. The grave belongs to a man called William Mason who, whilst working as a local scrivener founded a legal firm which is still in business […]
Coach driver to Rusian Emperor dies at the Bull Public House This is the grave of William Damarin who was born in Colchester circa 1791 and his occupation was a coachman, driving horse drawn coaches from Colchester to London. There isn’t too much written about William other than his grave inscription. The inscription on his […]
Grave of Lieutenant John Andrews This is the grave of Lieutenant John Andrews who was born in 1720 to Richard and Hannah Andrews and baptised at St. James the Apostle Church in Dover on 22nd May 1720. He joined a cavalry regiment at the age of 16 and served his country in several military campaigns […]