Archive | Plaques

There are many plaques in and around the town which commemorate various events, placs and people. Here I’ll take a look at some of them, giving a little history and background to the person or event and help understand a little more of the town’s history.

Siege plaque

Siege plaque at St. Martins Church

Siege 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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James earns V.C in India

Colchester 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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Edmund earns V.C in Zulu War

Colchester man earns Victoria Cross during Zulu war This wall plaque located at 296 London Road, Stanway is where Colchester’s first Victoria Cross holder lived from 1913 to 1926. He was an Irishman by the name of Edmund John Fowler (1861 – 1926) and this is the story of how Edmund earned his V.C in […]

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WW1 air raid plaque

Plaque for WW1 air raid

Plaque to Commemorate the first air raid on Colchester in WW1 This plaque commemorating the first air raid on Colchester is located on the rear wall of Colchester Police Station in Butt Road. On this day the pilot of a lone German plane threw a bomb out of the cockpit onto the town in 1915 […]

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