Colchester

Properties and events in Colchester

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7 Queen Street Colchester - One of the city's most interesting buildings.

The Queen Street Brewhouse, 7 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
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7 Queen Street Colchester dates from the 14th century. It has been occupied as a business and/or domestic premises for the the last 600 years.

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5NW
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Commemorating D-Day with large Diorama, largescale model of P47, pictures and recollections. The 56th Fighter Group with their P47 aircraft flew protective missions over the beaches as the men landed. Our book The History of Boxted will be on sale.

Audley Chapel

Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NU
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16th-century burial chapel of the Audley family, with a fine hammer-beam roof and unique monuments and features. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions.

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
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A much loved museum in the picturesque Castle Park, this is the annual opportunity to explore this fascinating building free of charge.

Colchester Town Hall

High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1FR
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Colchester possesses one of the finest and most imposing town halls in England which reveals in its architecture the history of Britain's newest city.

Colchester's Roman Circus 2004-2024

Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ
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Colchester's Roman Circus archaeological remains will be open to the public to celebrate 20 years since its modern discovery - the only Roman chariot racing track in Britain! Come and find out all about it on a free guided tour at the Visitor Centre.

Essex Industrial Archaeology Group Industrial Heritage Fair

Grange Barn, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1RE
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The Industrial Heritage Fair contains stands and talks from organisations around Essex that have an interest in the Industrial Heritage of the county.

Grey Friars (now Greyfriars Luxury Hotel and Restaurant)

Greyfriars Luxury Hotel and Restaurant, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
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The present Grey Friars building dates back to 1755, but its site has a much older history which is revealed via a guided walk and displays of old photographs and documents in The Salon, one of the hotel's meeting rooms.

Harwich Museum

Anglia House, Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3FN
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Harwich is a historic and distinctive town steeped in a wealth of history.

Hollytrees Museum

Hollytrees Museum, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
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Hollytrees is the best 18th-century house in Colchester and has been a museum since 1929.

Holy Trinity Church

Trinity Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN
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Holy Trinity is the oldest standing building in Colchester, predating the Norman castle by three-quarters of a century.

Mersea Roman Barrow

Barrow Barn, 7A East Mersea Road, West Mersea, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SL
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The Roman Barrow Mound is an excavated burial chamber, the contents of which are in Mersea Museum. They are the cremated remains of a male contained in a glass Roman cremation urn, found with a lead casket. It was excavated in 1912.

Quaker Meeting House

6 Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
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An opportunity to visit the meeting house of the Colchester Quakers who have been active in the area for centuries.

Roman Theatre

Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UB
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This is one of two Roman theatres in Colchester, the other being at Gosbecks Archaeological Park also featuring in this year's programme. Going to see a play was a popular leisure activity in the Roman world.

St Giles Masonic Centre

St John's Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ
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Originally a Norman church, St Giles has had many later additions including a wooden tower built in 1819. It was converted to its present use as a masonic centre in 1972-76.

St James the Great Church

St James the Great Church, East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QL
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St James the Great is a beautiful Grade II* listed Anglo-Catholic church situated in an imposing position. It is a house of worship and of historical, architectural and artistic interest being a repository of Colchester's heritage.

St John's Abbey Gate Open House

St John's Abbey Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7EZ
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This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John. It was built around 1400 to strengthen the abbey's defenses following the Peasants' Revolt.

St John's Green Primary School

St. Johns Green, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7HE
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Drop-in and join our History Ambassadors for a tour of the late Victorian School, built in 1898 by architects Goodey & Cressall.

St Mary-at-the-Walls Church (Colchester Arts Centre)

Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
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St Mary-at-the-Walls has a rich history, both as a church and, more recently, as the Colchester Arts Centre. Refurbished in 2021, it boasts amazing mosaic toilets, which are not to be missed, as well as stunning views from the top of its tower.

St Mary's Church, Wivenhoe

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9BD
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St Mary's is a largely mid-Victorian church in the heart of the picturesque riverside town of Wivenhoe. The church was recently refurbished and extended to enable it to function as a community space in the 21st century.

St Michael and All Angels Church, Copford

Church Road, Copford, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1DG
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A church has stood on the present site since around 1130 and its rare Norman wall paintings have been described by the writer Simon Jenkins as 'amongst the best in England'.

St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church, North Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1DZ
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Check out this medieval city centre church with a tower from 1758 and interior with a 17th Century pulpit and interesting memorials.

The Minories - 'One Square Mile'

74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE
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The Minories is an historic building used for art exhibitions. For this year's festival it hosts a school's project looking at the history of St John's Green in the city.

The Minories - Treasures from the Archives

74 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UE
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The Minories is an historic building used for art exhibitions. For this year's festival it hosts a special exhibition of material from the archives, including old exhibition catalogues and photographs.

The Nottage, Wivenhoe

The Nottage Maritime Institute, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9BX
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A maritime institute and museum established in 1896 in memory of Capt. Charles G. Nottage and, since 1947, located in a former sail loft.

Wivenhoe Chapel Museum

New Cemetery, Belle View Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO7 9EH
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Wivenhoe Chapel Museum opened as the town's museum in 2015.