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About Colchester
Colchester - Britain's oldest recorded town.
In AD77 a Roman writer by the name of Pliny the Elder described the location of the Isle of Anglesey as being 'about 200 miles from Camulodunum, a town in Britain'. This was the Roman name for Colchester and is the earliest known reference to a fixed settlement in Britain, hence the claim to be Britain's oldest recorded town.
Colchester Borough Arms. A green cross representing the True Cross which legend says was found by St Helena, Patron Saint of Colchester. The cross is pierced by 3 nails each with a crown surrounding it to depict the 3 Wise Men or Kings. The red background represents the blood of Christ. The Arms first appeared in 1413 on a charter granted to Colchester borough by King Henry V.
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Gifts, Guides & Souvenirs
Gifts, Guide Books & Souvenirs of Colchester such as those shown here can be purchased from the Visitor Information Centre in Queen Street and also the Castle Museum Gift Shop.
ISBN 0-7117-0885-1 ISBN 0-9503-7278-1 ISBN 0-7117-0975-0

History/heritage Related Links

Local Street Names
Discover the fascinating history behind some of Colchester's street names.

Colchester Museums
Find out what you can discover in Colchester's museums.

Colchester Archaeological Trust
Digging up Colchester's history - literally!

Balkerne Tower Trust
A local registered charity whose major aim is to open Jumbo to the general public as a national attraction.

Jumbo Water Tower
More information about 'Jumbo' including plans to turn it into a tourist attraction with views across Colchester.

Medieval Colchester
Read about the town's early history.



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