Colchester – Thursday 22nd July 2021

Colchester is a large market town in Essex.  During Roman times it was an important settlement known as Camulodunum, and today Colchester claims to be the oldest town in Britain.  The town is home to a Norman castle, the keep of which is the largest example of this type in Europe. It was used as a prison to house those accused of witchcraft by the infamous Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins. In June 2019 a memorial to the women wrongly-accused was placed in the rose garden in front of the castle. The Waterstones is housed in a beautiful building which was formerly the site of the National Provincial Bank.

Colchester Castle

Colchester Town Hall

The Town Hall building opened in 1902. At the top of the building stands St Helena who is the patron saint of Colchester. This beautiful building is open to the public, but sadly we did not have time to visit.

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