Not surprisingly, I feel quite at home in Colchester! The town centre isn't too bad (probably the same quota of boarded up shops as anywhere else at the moment), it's only a half hour's drive from the seaside, less than an hour from London by train, ten minutes from beautiful 'Constable Country' countryside and we get some of the best weather in the UK.
Being 'Britain's oldest recorded town', we also have Roman remains, a Norman castle, Norman churches and masses of interesting and well-preserved Medieval, Tudor, Regency and Victorian buildings. I took some of the children from school on a walk into town recently and even I was amazed at the buildings we discovered that I'd simply walked past before. This summer I'm planning on going on the guided 'ghost walk'. Who knows, it might just offer up some inspiration for a story... Here are some of my favourite buildings and remains!
|Colchester Castle - completed around 1100|
|The remains of St Botolph's Abbey - Augustinian - founded around 1100|
|The Roman Gateway - The Balkerne Gate (and next to it The Hole in the Wall - the only pub left in town that hasn't turned into some sort of night-club!)|
|Medieval cottages on the River Colne, which runs through the town|
|The Rose and Crown Hotel, a 13th century coaching inn|
|Hollytrees House - now a museum - which is in the Castle Park (so named because that is also where you'll find the castle!)|