Colchester is a town in Essex, East Anglia.
Home to the University of Essex, the Colchester Institute and an Army Garrison, and with its attractive old buildings, Roman wall, castle and proximity to Constable country, Colchester is an interesting place to visit.
Colchester is a picturesque provincial town in the county of Essex, and the geographical region of East Anglia. It is commonly regarded as the "oldest recorded town" in England.
Originally the capital of the Celtic tribe Trinovantes, it was conquered by Claudius's army in ad43 and became the first Roman capital - and Britain's first-ever city. Known as Camulodunum, it was burned to the ground by Boudicca's Iceni tribe approximately two decades later.
Boudicca and her 100,000-strong army were soon defeated, but Colchester never returned to prominence in Roman Britain, becoming instead a settlement for ex-legionnaires.
After the fall of the Roman empire, Colchester then passed through the hands of the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans and was home to the royalists during the month-long siege of the English Civil War.
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This is the place I grow up in up to the age of 10.
Great memories of School and Castle
. Good zoo!
i'd studied here for a while. It's a lovely city city, I'd like to go back again :D
Family. This is where I've been to visit family about 10 years ago.
University. Went to school here for eight months, absolutly loved England
Home of ___ in ___.. I'm such groupie! Old Roman walls border the city.
for a year.... ...while studying in the Essex University
Essex University. Visited Essex university for a meeting of the Biochemical Society.
the University is an amazing place to visit. Plenty of old English country side to trek.
83-86. This is where we lived when we moved back from germany.
Current home. Where you can currently find me!
Home sweet home. Blah blah blah. Blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah.
Sprachaufenthalt. 2 Weeks Englisch learne..
Born and raised. Yeah Essex girl at heart lol.
college town. this is where i go to college it is a right dump
Visit. Was enjoying it. The trip was caught short by Rasul falling down and emergency showing up.
visiting a roman castle. Its not really roman per se, rather is a form roman castle which was converted by the normans. The original base is still there. You can go down into the basement build by the romans and see the type of archetectural structure used to prop up the castle (very archlike). For some reason I remember we also went the grocery store here and ran over a pigeon.
Essex University. Town with a lot of potential nice green areas, shame about the buildings....